Lawsuit: TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks Do Not Contain Mozzarella

Posted December 7, 2022 by with 0 comments

Subway’s tuna sandwiches don’t contain tuna, and now, TGI Friday’s mozzarella sticks don’t contain mozzarella. Everything in this world, it seems, is a scam.

The lawsuit is against the maker of TGI Friday’s mozzarella stick snack chips (barf), who were licensed to use the restaurant’s branding, and not the actual mozzarella sticks one might order in an actual TGI Friday’s restaurant. TGI Friday’s was dropped from the suit last week, via USAToday:

A judge agreed to let TGI Fridays off the hook in a class action lawsuit that claims a TGI Fridays-branded mozzarella stick snack is misleading because it contains no mozzarella cheese, but also ruled the lawsuit can proceed against the food’s manufacturer.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in 2021 by Amy Joseph against TGI Fridays and snack manufacturer Inventure Foods over their snack product, “TGI Fridays Mozzarella Sticks Snacks”.

Joseph claims the product is misbranded and misleads consumers into believing it contains mozzarella cheese, when it in fact only contains cheddar.

Federal judge Robert Dow Jr. denied motions from both defendants to dismiss the case this week, but granted TGI Fridays’ motion to be removed as a defendant in the case because he found the restaurant chain’s only role in the product was as a licensor.


The plaintiff purchased the mozzarella sticks from Amazon last year, and she claims she mistakenly believed the sticks would have mozzarella because “the listing didn’t provide a description of the ingredients.” That could be a lie, or the woman is too stupid to know how to look at ingredients at an Amazon product page. Here are the sticks on Amazon:

And here, when you hover the mouse over the bottom image to the left of the sticks, are the ingredients, where “cheddar cheese” is clearly listed: