MIAMI — A Hialeah woman filed a $5 million lawsuit against multinational food company Kraft Heinz, arguing that its famous macaroni and cheese (or “mac and cheese”) took longer to prepare than advertised on the package. carries what the woman perceives as misleading information.
Amanda Ramirez, a resident of Hialeah, a city near Miami, sued the food giant in Florida federal court because the time she spent preparing Velveeta brand macaroni and cheese exceeded the 3.5 minutes stated in the instructions for use.
The class action lawsuit was filed earlier this month in the Miami Division of the Southern District of Florida.
The lawsuit alleges that the Pittsburgh-based company sold more products at higher prices by misleading consumers about the preparation times of Velvetta Shells & Cheeses.
According to the lawsuit, Ramirez purchased microwavable pasta at Publix at a “premium” price of $10.99 for eight 70-gram cups, which was higher than similar products.
The lawsuit states that Ramirez chose Valveeta over other similar products because of the promised preparation time on its label and “would not have bought it or paid less (if he had known the truth),” An article on the matter published by NBC 6, sister channel of Telemundo 51.
“We are aware of this frivolous lawsuit and will vigorously defend ourselves against its allegations,” a spokesperson for Kraft Heinz Foods Co. told CNN on Monday.
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The plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that the company sells the product at a “significantly high price” by using the “deceptive” “ready in 3 1/2 minutes” phrase in the instructions for use.
Ramirez says the package label should note additional preparation needed before and after microwaving the product for 3.5 minutes.