TGI Fridays No Mozzarella in Mozzarella Sticks New York Class Action

Should Mozzarella Sticks Snacks contain mozzarella cheese? The complaint for this class action alleges that Inventure Foods, Inc., which makes the TGI Fridays brand Baked Mozzarella Sticks Snacks, violates food labeling laws because the “mozzarella sticks” do not contain any mozzarella cheese.

The class for this action is all those who live in New York and bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.

TGI Fridays began as a casual dining restaurant, serving mozzarella sticks among other things. TGI Fridays now also has a line of foods available in supermarkets. The complaint claims, “The key ingredient in mozzarella sticks, and why consumers desire this food, is mozzarella cheese, known for its mild, milky taste and stringy texture.”

Page 2 of the complaint bears an image of the bag for the product at issue, with the words “Mozzarella Sticks” in a large font just below the TGI Fridays name. Also on the front, below the word “Original,” are the words “Natural and Artificially Flavored.”

On the following page, the complaint reproduces the ingredient panel for the product. The list of ingredients does not list and mozzarella; the only cheese it lists is “Cheddar Cheese.” Cheddar is not equivalent to mozzarella, the complaint contends: “In contrast to mozzarella cheese, cheddar is a ‘hard’ cheese less suitable for chewing and [it] lacks the dairy taste of real mozzarella.”

The complaint also alleges that cheddar is not equivalent in its nutritional value either: “While both are high in protein, mozzarella is more nutritious because it contains more calcium and less fat and [fewer] calories than cheddar.”

While the package front does state that the snack food is “Natural and Artificially Flavored,” the complaint contends, “no reasonable consumer will expect this statement means they should not expect any mozzarella cheese.”

Food regulations require that foods be called by an “appropriately descriptive term which describes the ‘basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties or ingredients[,]’” the complaint claims, adding that the labeling indicates that “the Product contains artificial mozzarella cheese flavor.”

Because the primary ingredient is cornmeal, the complaint suggests that a proper name for the product might be “cornmeal snacks, artificially flavored mozzarella.”

The complaint concludes that Inventure’s “branding and packaging of the Product is designed to—and does—deceive, mislead, and defraud plaintiff and consumers.”

The counts include negligent misrepresentation, breaches of warranty, and violations of New York’s General Business Law, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

TGI Fridays No Mozzarella in Mozzarella Sticks New York Complaint

December 3, 2020

Should Mozzarella Sticks Snacks contain mozzarella cheese? The complaint for this class action alleges that Inventure Foods, Inc., which makes the TGI Fridays brand Baked Mozzarella Sticks Snacks, violates food labeling laws because the “mozzarella sticks” do not contain any mozzarella cheese.

TGI Fridays No Mozzarella in Mozzarella Sticks New York Complaint

Case Event History

TGI Fridays No Mozzarella in Mozzarella Sticks New York Complaint

December 3, 2020

Should Mozzarella Sticks Snacks contain mozzarella cheese? The complaint for this class action alleges that Inventure Foods, Inc., which makes the TGI Fridays brand Baked Mozzarella Sticks Snacks, violates food labeling laws because the “mozzarella sticks” do not contain any mozzarella cheese.

TGI Fridays No Mozzarella in Mozzarella Sticks New York Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Does Not Contain Implied Ingredients