One of the foods which I am delighted to say is confined to North America. It is the name given to many cheeses, many of which are processed. Also included are some which claim to be a type of cheddar, Monterey Jack, Golby or other cheese. It is inclined to be semihard rather than hard, and shiny. It is said that 80% of all cheese consumed in North America is classified as "cheddar", American cheese being the main culprit. Good for cooking. The processed types of American Cheese have emulsifiers added to increase the smoothness and pasteurised milk to increase the shelf-life. It is comforting to learn that 51% of the final product must be cheese.