In the last post I indicated commercial disappearances were greater than farm milk production each year since 1996. The reason for the difference is imports.
Kraft’ Cheez Whiz was detained at port for technical reasons. The Cheez Whiz was made in the Philippines.
However, the real culprit is not even considered in the commercial disappearance numbers. When the GATT treaty took effect dry dairy proteins were deemed to be a chemical and not subject to tariffs. For years USDA considered products made from these proteins as imitation.
A look at the U.S. Patent Office records indicate there are 124 patents which include milk protein concentrate (MPC). An there are 78 patents for “cheese” incorporating MPCs.
Dry imported dairy proteins are used extensively in barrel Cheddar and mozzarella. Processed cheese uses something in the area of 60% of imported MPCs. All of these fake cheeses the public buys, thinking they are buying cheese.