I have a Polish spread cheese that is also marketed for Dutch and French markets and thus has descriptions in three languages. Polish and French or Dutch names differs by number used in it.

Polish name's equivalent to English is "spread cheese 24.2% of fat". French and Dutch names are equivalent to English "cream cheese 60+".

What that "60+" stands for, what does it mean and how does it correlate to 24.2% of fat.

EDIT: Here are the photos of a cheese in question, box containing it photographed from both sides:

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Dietary table (placed on back, not photographed) says that it contains exactly 23.5 grams of fat per each 100 grams of the product. Thus this cheese, by no mean, can contain 60% of fat and this number must stand for something else.

As you can see, to make things even more complicated there's a "V.G./M.G.: 70%" notice on the front (haven't noticed it before). So this gives us three numbers:

  • 23.5 grams / 24.7% of fat,
  • 60+,
  • V.G./M.G.: 70%.

Last two are unknown to me.

  • Could you add a picture, or the exact French and product name? I have some vague thoughts but can't be sure
    – Chris H
    Commented Sep 28, 2018 at 19:02

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The edited question gives three numbers.

23.5 grams / 24.7% fat

This is the percentage of fat by weight.

V.G / M.G: 70%

M.G. is an abbreviation for matières grasses (i.e. fat: think of foie gras!). I'd guess V.G. is the corresponding abbreviation in Dutch. Anyway, this refers to the percentage of the dry matter in the cheese that is fat. For instance the top line of the table in the second link shows that full-fat cream cheese is between 60% and 85% fat by this measure.


I think this is simply a less precise version of the previous statistic, showing that the cheese is in the highest band for fat content.


100g of cheese has 35.3g of dry matter, of which 70%, or 24.7g, is fat.

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    And the 24.2%? I think it's implied, but don't want to assume.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Sep 29, 2018 at 15:02
  • Yes, exactly. This cheese is 23.5% fat. Please, take a look at an updated question. It can by no mean contain 60% fat. The 60+ number (and the 70% value in an updated question) must stand for something else and thus I am asking.
    – trejder
    Commented Sep 30, 2018 at 7:50

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