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New York women allege Kraft Heinz misrepresents cheese products

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 1, 2016


BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Two New York women are suing a food company over claims it falsely labels its Parmesan and Romano cheese products.

Dawn Ader and Karen Alm, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Feb. 25 against Kraft Heinz Foods Co., alleging breach of express and implied warranties, unjust enrichment, and violations of consumer protection statutes in New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

The suit states Kraft Heinz advertises Parmesan and Romano cheese products as "100 percent Grated Parmesan cheese" and "100 percent Parmesan & Romano cheese."

The suit states, however, that these products are not 100 percent cheese and in fact contain potassium sorbate preservative and significant amounts of cellulose, a filler and anti-clumping agent derived from wood pulp, which comprise almost 4 percent of the products.

The plaintiffs and others in the class seek injunctive and declaratory relief, damages, restitution and disgorgement, interests, and attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorney Todd D. Muhlstock of The Muhlstock Law Firm in Garden City, New York, and by attorney David M. Barshay of Barshay Sanders in Garden City, New York.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Case number 2:16-CV-00963-LDW-ARL

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