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Industry experts estimate 20% of domestically-produced Parmesan cheese may be mislabeled, largely due to fillers like cellulose in grated products. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

(Bloomberg) — U.S. supermarket chain Jewel-Osco removed all of its Essential Everyday 100% Parmesan Cheese from shelves amid concerns about the use of cellulose, a food additive made from wood.

The move follows a Bloomberg News investigation published Feb. 16 that revealed a canister of the grated cheese tested by an independent laboratory contained 8.8% cellulose. A level of as much as 4% is deemed acceptable to meet federal regulations for what can be labeled Parmesan.

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