• This story was updated on May 31, 2016, to correct Michael H. Tunick’s affiliation.
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Web Date: May 26, 2016

Parmesan test can detect cheesy imposters

Real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese does not contain cyclopropane fatty acids, found in the milk of cows fed fermented fodder
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: mass spectrometry, food, parmesan, cheese, GC-MS, analysis, TTIP, geographical indication, counterfeit, Parmigiano Reggiano

A generous dusting of grated parmesan perfects a plate of spaghetti. But how can the culinary connoisseur be sure that it really is the king of cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano? Looks like a job for the cheese detectives.

A team led by Augusta Caligiani and Gerardo Palla of the University of Parma has developed a method that can help to identify if parmesan has been bulked out with less noble . . .

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