A Florida woman is suing Kraft for US$5M, saying Velveeta microwave mac and cheese takes longer to make than advertised

The label on a cup of Velveeta’s microwaveable mac and cheese says the meal only takes three and a half minutes to prepare. But a Florida woman says this is false — and she’s suing the manufacturer for US$5 million.

Amanda Ramirez, of Hialeah, has filed a proposed $5 million class action lawsuit against Kraft Heinz Foods Company alleging the food producer’s Velveeta Shells & Cheese takes longer than advertised to prepare, court documents show.

Attorneys for Ramirez filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on November 18, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit claims that the packaging on the microwavable single-serve cups of mac and cheese that says it will be “ready in 3½ minutes,” is “false and misleading.”

The product’s instructions say to microwave the cup for 3½ minutes. But Ramirez’s attorneys argue this number doesn’t account for the other four steps required to prepare the pasta: removing the lid and sauce pouch, adding water, microwaving, and stirring, according to court documents. The additional steps mean it’s impossible for the mac and cheese to be ready in just three and a half minutes, according to the complaint.

Kraft Heinz Foods Company dismissed the lawsuit as “frivolous” in a statement.

“We are aware of this frivolous lawsuit and will strongly defend against the allegations in the complaint,” a Kraft Heinz Foods Company spokesperson told CNN Monday.

The lawsuit alleges that Kraft is unfairly profiting off of false advertising on the cups, especially because customers trust the well-known brand to be honest with them.

Ramirez’s lawyers argue that the company sells the product at “a substantial price premium” while using its “misleading” marketing of “‘ready in 3½ minutes,’ which instantly catches the eye of all reasonable consumers.”

Customers are paying more than they otherwise would because of the three and a half minutes claim, the lawsuit alleges.

Ramirez “is like many consumers who seek to stretch their money as far as possible when buying groceries,” the complaint states. But because of the time claim, she “paid more for the Product than she would have paid and would not have purchased it or paid less had she known the truth.”

In addition to the $5 million in damages, the plaintiff also seeks punitive damages from Kraft Heinz Foods Company and asks the company “be ordered to cease its deceptive advertising” as well as “be made to engage in a corrective advertising campaign” according to court documents.

CNN has reached out to attorneys for Ramirez for additional comment.

What New Year's resolutions are Canadians making for 2023?

As the New Year approaches, many people will be making New Year’s resolutions, hoping to bring positive changes to their lives and habits.

According to a new survey conducted by Time2Play, an online gambling website and entertainment blog, Canadians set an average of 1.7 resolutions each year and 61.9 per cent find resolutions beneficial.

Of 1,000 people across the country involved in the survey, 29 per cent said their aim is to improve their personal fitness and nutrition in 2023. According to Time2Play, 22.3 per cent of respondents stated that they are planning to reach their financial goals by saving money, budgeting and investing.

Growing careers was the aim for 6.6 per cent of people surveyed, and 5.3 per cent planning to improve their relationships with friends, family and partners.

When it comes to travelling, 4.9 per cent of Canadians responded they will kick off the New Year with this type of goal.

Surprisingly, only 3.9 per cent of respondents are interested in learning a new skill in 2023.

Few (3.7 per cent) respondents said they aim to abandon bad habits including smoking, drinking and other vices, while just 2.9 per cent hope to work on spiritual growth. And 6.8 per cent have other resolutions in the works.

Data collected by Time2Play indicates that as many as 14.1 per cent of Canadians welcome the new year without setting resolutions at all, and for those who do, almost 70 per cent fail to stick with their resolutions.

Responding to the question, “Why do you fail to keep your New Year’s resolutions?” 48.1 per cent of respondents marked a lack of motivation as the reason, while 14.9 per cent forget about their resolutions. Losing track of their progress on their resolutions throughout the year was the reason for 12.2 per cent of the respondents.

Other answers included that respondents didn’t have the time to continue with their resolutions (7.4 per cent), setting unrealistic goals (4.1 per cent) and setting too many resolutions (1.5 per cent). Time2Play’s survey suggested 14.5 per cent failed to keep their resolutions for other reasons such as not setting any resolutions to begin with, health struggles getting in the way, or running into too many roadblocks.

The survey’s findings show that Canadians have spent an average on $252.12 on failed resolutions in recent years.

WHAT ARE THE MOST AND LEAST COMITTED PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES?

According to the survey, Canadians are following their resolutions for an average of 4.7 months, but some are more committed than others.

Respondents from Newfoundland and Labrador stuck to their resolution for an average of six months.

Following Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitobans were second, with an average of 5.4 months sticking with their resolutions.

Coming in at Number 3 is Quebec with 5.1 months, followed by people in Alberta and Ontario with 4.8 months sticking with their resolutions tied for fourth place.

Completing the top five list, New Brunswick residents are fifth, sticking with their resolutions for an average of 4.6 months.

Saskatchewan residents said they can only stick with their resolutions for an average of 3.8 months and Nova Scotia – with 3.5 months – is the least committed province for New Year’s resolutions, according to the survey.

Due to an insufficient data, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island and Yukon were not included in the results of the survey, Time2Play said.

 

Reporting for this story was paid for through The Afghan Journalists in Residence Project funded by Meta.

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 Deciding on Your Focal Point
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Repetition for Rhythm
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Perfect Proportion and Suitable Scaling
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Have your room humming harmoniously
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You know that feeling when you finally get a chance to move into your first apartment and have total control over how it looks? The only downside is there are so many design decisions. It can actually be overwhelming! Well, fear not because we’re here with some of our favourite tips for hanging mirrors in an easy way.

I’m always getting mixed up when it comes to how high I should hang my mirrors. It’s not like they’re wall art, right? Ha! No one knows what height is best for them because everyone has different needs and preferences in their space. For example, if you have a tall piece of furniture like the chest over there (points) then 4-6 inches below that will be perfect so people can still see themselves while they walk by or look at anything on top of the chest without feeling uncomfortably close to a mirror hanging too low above them – but keep in mind this may vary depending on where most people are sitting around your room; such as with an end table next to your couch or chair.

There are two easy ways to introduce more natural light into your living room or bedroom – strategically place mirrors. Consider the angle of the sun and hang a mirror opposite south-facing windows, east-facing windows, or on both walls if you want even more sunlight shining through!
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Make sure you mount hardware properly to keep mirrors safe. There’s nothing as tempting as adding wire to the back of a mirror, but each D-hook or keyhole mount on the back should attach to its own hook for safety and stability.

Finding a mirror that fits your space’s aesthetic can help you achieve the perfect cohesive design style. Whether it’s windowpane pattern in your modern farmhouse bedroom, wood frames for spaces with rustic style and organic shapes for mid-century homes or even textured glass to match an industrial loft – each one will make sure everything feels like it belongs together.

If finding the right frame is difficult consider how important light reflection is when choosing which type of mirrors are best suited to be placed on top of furniture such as dressers or side tables: if you want all reflections visible choose mirrored ones; If displaying decorative items atop then opt instead for framed options so they don’t get blocked out by glare from any nearby windows.
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