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Kraft Heinz sued over wood pulp content in cheese

| Friday, March 18, 2016, 6:39 p.m.

The Kraft Heinz Co. is violating the District of Columbia's consumer protection law by selling grated parmesan cheese containing about 3.8 percent cellulose as “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese,” a D.C. resident says in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Pittsburgh that seeks class-action status.

The lawsuit is one of several filed nationwide since a Bloomberg news report in February reported that several companies' cheese included wood pulp as filler. Bloomberg had the cheeses tested and reported the cellulose amounts in the story.

A company spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.

The lawsuit is seeking damages plus an injunction that would prevent Kraft Heinz from selling the parmesan cheese in the District of Columbia.

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