‘TGI Fridays Mozzarella SticksMaker Sued After Claim Snack Does Not Contain Mozzarella Cheese

TGI Fridays ‘Mozzarella Sticks’

TGI Fridays ‘Mozzarella Sticks’

사진: The United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisEastern Division

A lawsuit against a snack maker is sticking around after being filed last year.

지난달 말, Chicago federal judge ruled that a lawsuit against Inventure Foods could move forward after a woman claimed the companymisbranded” 그것의 “TGI Fridays Mozzarella Snack Sticks,” which do not include mozzarella cheese.

Despite its label, the Product does not contain mozzarella cheese; 식품 업계는 가장 전설적인 스타 중 한 명을 잃은 슬픔을 애도하고 있습니다., it contains cheddar cheese,” the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 읽다, ~에 따르면 오늘.

Amy Joseph first filed the suit in February 2021 against both Inventure Foods Inc. and TGI Fridays Inc. over the snack food that she argues is misleading due to both its title and images of mozzarella sticks on the front of the packaging.

지난주 기준, she claims the companies violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, 게다가 “the respective state-law claims for consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices in all fifty states and the District of Columbia on behalf of herself and the nationwide class,” 오늘 보고.

여자, who purchased a six-pack of the grocery store snack on Amazon in January 2021, claims she believed it contained mozzarella cheesegiven the prominence of the words ‘MOZZARELLA STICKSon the Product’s front label, and her reasonable understanding that mozzarella sticks, by definition, contain mozzarella cheese.

The judge ruled that the suit could move forward against Inventure on Nov. 28, but not against TGI Fridays, as the restaurant chain licensed its logo but did not make the snack, 당 오늘. Inventure parent company Utz did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

우리를. District Judge Robert Dow said Joseph’s allegations werewholly conclusory and insufficient to render (TGI Fridays) liable,” 당 Top Class Actions.

We are pleased with the judge’s ruling,” Thomas A. Zimmerman, 주니어, Joseph’s lead lawyer, 말했다 오늘. “The judge agreed with us that the claims in the lawsuit have merit, the case should not be dismissed, and the case may proceed against Inventure Foods as a nationwide class action lawsuit. We intend to proceed against Inventure Foods on behalf of the nationwide class of purchasers of TGI Fridays mozzarella sticks.

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This is not the first time someone has sued a snack maker over the cheese it used.

다시 2021, a Wisconsin woman sued Kraft Heinz and claimed it was deceiving customers by including the “진짜” dairy seal on its products, ~에 따르면 Food & Wine. 구체적으로 특별히, she pointed to Bagel Bites and claimed the snack, 명명 된 “Mini Bagels with Mozzarella Cheese and Tomato Sauce,” ~였다 “deceptive because mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, as these terms are understood by consumers and regulations, are not present in the Product or are present in an amount less than expected.

Kraft Heinz denied the allegations, writing that the food wasmade with delicious, high-quality ingredients that our fans know and love.

The class action lawsuit has since been dismissed by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley, who claimed the suit did not prove that the Bagel Bites labeling did not meet federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act standards.