A New York City woman sued TGI Friday’s Inc. on Wednesday, claiming the company had engaged in deceptive advertising practices by selling potato skins snacks that do not contain any potato skins.
The proposed class action suit filed by Solange Troncoso claims that the bagged snacks are appealing to some consumers because of the perceived health benefits of potato skins. The lawsuit also claims that those skins are discarded during the manufacturing process of the snacks.
Rather than potato skins, the products contain “potato flakes” and “potato starch,” the lawsuit claims, citing the products’ ingredients list. It goes on to allege that in the industrial creation of potato flakes and potato starch, potatoes are peeled.
The lawsuit claims that the “potato skins” branding attempts to capitalize on health-conscious consumers. “This labeling deceives consumers into believing that they are receiving a healthier snack, but Defendant’s products do not live up to these claims,” the lawsuit reads.
Troncoso filed the lawsuit after buying a $1.99 bag of TGI Fridays Sour Cream & Onion Potato Skins chips from a Bronx convenience store in June 2018, the lawsuit says.
A USA TODAY request for comment from TGI Fridays was not immediately returned on Friday evening.
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A similar lawsuit against the makers of Poland Spring water was allowed to move forward this week, the New York Times reports. That lawsuit contends that the water, which markets itself as “100% Natural Spring Water,” does not contain water from a spring.
Contributing: Kelly Tyko
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