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What is a cheese analogue?




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A cheese analogue is a product that imitates cheese. It is either partially or entirely free of milk or dairy products. Instead of milk fat, cheese analogues use other animal or vegetable fats such as milk protein, soy protein, bacterial protein or palm oil. Flavourings, flavour enhancers and colourings are used to imitate the appearance of cheese. Here in Germany, cheese analogues are increasingly used in ready meals such as pizzas, or in products sold in bakeries. EU countries are under no obligation to label products as containing a cheese analogue.

Saskia Blank of the Ideas 2020 team answered this question.