Pasteurized processed cheese is a food product made by mixing and heating natural cheeses with other unfermented dairy ingredients, emulsifiers, food colorings, salt or whey. Processed cheese exists in many textures, flavors and colors.
Processed cheese accounts for a large section of cheese sales since they have a longer shelf life than most other cheeses and are less expensive. Compared to natural cheese, processed cheeses retain their texture and do not separate when melted plus preserve the original taste.
Pasteurized processed cheese can be sold under various brand names such as “cheese food”, “cheese spread” or “cheese product”, depending upon the ingredients.