After last week’s hullabaloo over claims McDonald’s new mozzarella sticks don’t seem to contain any cheese, someone’s taking the fast food giant to court.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 28, 2016
For fried cheese novices: If you cook mozzarella sticks too long, the cheese will melt out and leave you hungry and hopeless with a pile of hollowed-out fried shells.
Now, McDonald’s customers feeling cheated are suing for their lactose rights. A California man has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all duped customers seeking $5 million in damages (the price of 15 million mozzarella sticks).
These are pretty serious allegations too: The lawsuit claims that McDonald’s cheese isn’t just MIA; it’s also made from three percent starch and other filler ingredients, which makes McDonald’s “100 percent mozzarella” claim false.
"Its reasons for doing so are self-evident: inserting filler in its Sticks allows McDonald's to save money and increase its profit," the complaint says, according to CNN Money. “Consumers have been misled [into buying an] under-filled product containing cheap substitutes to give the appearance of bulk and real cheese.”
McDonald’s has responded to the allegations with the following statement:
“Our mozzarella cheese sticks are made with 100% low moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese. We intend to defend ourselves vigorously against these allegations.”