Thankfully, we know that some processed cheese snacks are questionable.
A potential nationwide class-action lawsuit over the lack of mozzarella cheese in frozen TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Snack Sticks may move forward against manufacturer/distributor Inventure Foods Inc., but not against TGI Friday’s Inc., which only licensed its name to the manufacturer, a federal judge in Chicago ruled in Monday, according to Reuters.
In a lawsuit filed early last year, plaintiff Amy Joseph accused both TGIF and Inventure of misleading consumers by calling the packaged snacks “mozzarella” sticks when the ingredient list says they’re made with cheddar cheese, which consumers would want to pay less for if they only knew, the telco reported.
Inventure argued that it never said the product contained mozzarella, and that no reasonable consumer would believe that a “shelf-stable, crunchy snack product”; contained real mozzarella. It also questioned Joseph’s “motives for purchasing the product,” noting that she has filed at least eight other consumer class-action lawsuits over the past decade.
The judge denied Inventure’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that Joseph likely alleged that a reasonable consumer would believe that “a product labeled ‘Mozzarella Stick Snacks’ with an image of mozzarella sticks would bear some resemblance to mozzarella sticks, which presumably contain some mozzarella.” cheese” — especially since the TGIF logo “has a strong correlation to appetizer mozzarella sticks,” the wire service reported.