On the heels of the Texas Pete hot sauce legal woes, now someone targeted mac and cheese! A Florida woman suing Velveeta Shells and Cheese says the cook time on the box label is not accurate. Kraft Heinz Foods Company makes the microwavable containers labeled with a “ready time” of 3 and a 1/2 minutes. Amanda Ramirez filed the lawsuit earlier this month saying it took longer to prepare. And, as typical of plaintiffs in these lawsuits, she says she never would have bought the product had she known that. The class action claim seeks more than $5 million in damages. Ramirez claims the company violated laws at state and federal levels against deceptive and unfair trade practices. According to the story shared by WSOC TV, she also claims fraud, false and misleading advertising and negligent misrepresentation among other things. Although she says it took her longer to prepare than advertised, she doesn’t say what her prep time actually was.
The woman suing Velveeta shells and cheese says she purchased a box containing eight of the 2.39 ounce cups at a price of $10.99. Her claim says that price is higher than similar products. Furthermore, her suit explains that the time on the package could be interpreted as total prep time. And, it’s actually the cook time, not taking into account the time spent mixing the water and cheese sauce. I don’t know about you, but anything under 5 minutes for delicious mac and cheese is a win in my book. Back in the day, we had to boil the water on the stove! Those were the days when you were dedicated to your mac and cheese craft. I just had a beautiful walk down memory lane of my college days. LOL. However, I digress. As it stands now, the parent company issued a statement to USA TODAY saying they are aware of the frivolous lawsuit and will strongly defend against the allegations.
30 Snacks and Other Food Items Banned in America
Food is an important part of defining culture, and the United States is no different. A country of seemingly endless gastronomic choices, the United States features local favorites like collard greens and cornbread as well as boxed macaroni and cheese. Despite this, some foods are practically impossible to find in the United States because they’re on the banned food list. But believe it or not, the United States doesn’t allow certain foods consumed around the world.
FDA sometimes prevents foods from crossing the border, but sometimes state laws or public opinion must intervene. Stacker has compiled a list of foods and beverages that have either been banned across the entire country, by certain states, or in schools. In some cases, these bans have made it nearly impossible to find these foods in the U.S.—at least not in the form in which they’re available throughout the rest of the world. From tasty cheeses to the famed Scottish dish haggis, these 30 foods aren’t welcome in America.