John Suayan Mar. 14, 2016, 9:16am


A class action lawsuit accuses Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. of falsely advertising one of its dairy products.

The suit, filed Mar. 9 in Houston federal court by Spring resident Kenneth Manfredi, claims Wal-Mart’s Great Value branded “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” products do not contain 100 percent parmesan.

“Independent laboratory testing shows, however, that such products are not in fact ‘100%’

Parmesan, but rather contain significant amounts of adulterants and fillers,” court papers say.

“In fact, testing shows that at least 7.8 percent of the purportedly ‘100%’ Parmesan consists of cellulose, a filler and anti-clumping agent derived from wood pulp.”

Manfredi says he bought and consumed the items in question on numerous occasions in the previous year.

According to the suit, Wal-Mart “has made, and continues to make, unlawful, false, fraudulent, and misleading claims on the food labels.”

Consequently, Manfredi and the class members seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

They are represented by attorneys Fletcher V. Trammell, John J. Driscoll and Philip Sholtz of the law firm The Driscoll Firm, P.C. in Houston and St. Louis, Mo.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:16-CV-00612

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