We are amongst the millions around the world who love mozzarella sticks. The appetizers gained popularity around the 1970s when deep-fried foods became the trend and they soon became a favorite at diners, sports bars, and the like.
But, in 2022, what looks like a mozzarella stick might not actually be a mozzarella stick.
TGI Fridays released a frozen version of the snack sticks with the words “mozzarella sticks” written largely on the front. They were purchased by an Illinois woman in January 2021 under the assumption that a product labelled “mozzarella sticks” would, in fact, contain mozzarella. But as Amy Joseph later found it, the sticks were made of cheddar and did not actually contain any mozzarella.
Joseph filed a lawsuit against both TGI Fridays and its parent company, Inventure Foods, claiming that the packaging is misleading and that the companies violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
A Chicago federal judge has now determined that the class action lawsuit can go ahead against Inventure Foods. The case has been dropped against TGI Fridays, however, with the judge arguing that the restaurant chain did not make the product themselves.