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Cheese Executive Sentenced to Food Bank for Fake Parmesan

  • Fake cheese sold in U.S. stores between 2010 and 2013
  • False label claims a problem as companies try to save money
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An executive at a company that sold adulterated cheese fraudulently labeled as 100 percent Parmesan was sentenced to probation, ordered to pay a fine and carry out community service at a food bank or similar facility.

Michelle Myrter, 44, president of Castle Cheese Inc. in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, received three years probation, a $5,000 fine and 200 hours of community service, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. Myrter, who had been facing prison time of up to six months, will complete her service at a county food bank or at a program that helps with dietary needs, according to court documents.