CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiffs in several lawsuits alleging certain makers of Parmesan cheese falsely labeled their products have reached an agreement to combine the litigation.

The order was filed June 2 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The original complaints accused Kraft, Walmart, Target, SuperValu and Albertson’s of allegedly including a cellulose filler in their grated Parmesan cheese, despite advertising the products as “100 percent” grated Parmesan cheese.

Concerns about the products’ composition came to light after a news article published in February alleged laboratory testing revealed significant amount of cellulose in the defendants’ products.  

The lawsuits were filed in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and New York.

Judge Gary Feinerman and Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland are assigned to the case.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Case number 1:16-cv-05802

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