Kraft Heinz Ore Ida-brand Bagel Bites “Three Cheese” Cheese and Tomato Ingredients Allegedly Deceive Customers Says Class Action Lawsuit
According to a new class action complaint, Kraft Heinz’s Ore Ida-brand “Three Cheese” Bagel Bites doesn’t include actual mozzarella cheese or tomato sauce.
Latonya Jackson v. Kraft Heinz Foods Company
Plaintiff Latonya Jackson filed the Bagel Bites Pizza Snacks Class Action Lawsuit in the state of Illinois on October 2, alleging that Kraft Heinz misleads customers by falsely claiming that the Ore Ida bagel bites are made with actual mozzarella cheese and tomato when in fact, they are made with low-quality alternatives.
According to Jackson, customers want mozzarella cheese to be made entirely of milkfat, not a cheese blend made up of some mozzarella, additional starch, non-fat milk, and whey. As per the lawsuit, the defendant claims mozzarella cheese that has no less than 45% milkfat.
They are, however, mislead by the representations, as the front label omits the addition of starch, non-fat milk, and whey to the actual mozzarella cheese and the substitution of non-tomato thickeners such as cornstarch for tomatoes.
Jackson claims that she purchased the challenged bagel bites several times at her local Target store and paid more for the items than she would have if she knew the truth.
The Bagel Bites Pizza Snacks Class Action Lawsuit asserts that the “Three Cheese” Bagel Bites product is considerably less valuable than its stated value due to the inclusion of non-mozzarella as well as non-tomato ingredients.
Starch Used for Cheese and Tomato Sauce
Consumers also discover that the product does not taste like real mozzarella cheese only after purchasing and eating it, as a result of the flat, cardboard-like flavor and rubbery mouthfeel, the class action lawsuit alleges.
The term “cheese blend” is fraudulent and misleading, as no blend of cheese — particularly real mozzarella cheese — contains additional starch, the class action lawsuit contends.
Jackson further asserts that it is prohibited to utilize the National Milk Producers Federation’s “REAL” seal, which includes the phrase “Made with Real Cheese.” She asserts that customers value third-party seals as a quick way to determine whether a product has been evaluated by an accredited, independent institution. She alleges Kraft Heinz of misleading and dishonest marketing.
Moreover, the Bagel Bites Pizza Snacks Class Action Lawsuit alleges that the bagel bites lack the genuine tomato sauce indicated on the box; it comprises a combination of modified corn starch with methylcellulose.
According to the class action lawsuit, both are commonly used thickening agents in sauces and are added to the bagel bite’s “tomato sauce” to give the impression that the sauce incorporates more tomatoes than it actually does.
Jackson seeks to represent everyone who purchased Kraft Heinz’s Ore Ida-brand “Three Cheese” Bagel Bites in Illinois, Arkansas, or Iowa. She alleges deceptive trade practices, warranty violations, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and unjust enrichment.
She is seeking class certification, injunctive relief, monetary damages, and costs, as well as a jury trial.
Editor’s Note on Bagel Bites Pizza Snacks Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit against Kraft Heinz Foods Company — Ore Ida-brand Bagel Bites “Three Cheese” — for allegedly misleading customers into believing that its product contains real mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. We also suggest you read the Kraft Heinz’s Racism Settlement For $30 Million.
Case Name & No.: Latonya Jackson v. Kraft Heinz Foods Company, Case No. 1:21-cv-05219
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division
Allegations: Kraft’s Ore Ida-brand Bagel Bites “Three Cheese” mislead customers by allegedly using non-mozarella and non-tomato ingredients in its product
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