According to a new report from the Center for Retail Research, the most frequently stolen food on the planet is… cheese.

The report says four percent of the protein and calcium-rich (not to mention tasty) food winds up being shoplifted worldwide every year, besting the theft-rates for other items like candy and alcohol and causing cheese to be labeled “high risk” for retailers.

Shoplifting rates as a whole have risen, possibly in response to rough economic times. “Compared to the 2010 figures, loss among the high-risk food lines has shot up by more than the global average, evidence that they are increasingly being targeted by shoplifters,” said Neil Matthews, vice-president of retail security firm Checkpoint Systems.

[Sky News]