Is Wegmans’ Vanilla Ice Cream Committing “Food Fraud”?

October 10, 2019

Written by Jasmine

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Normally this is the case, but not today.

This time two men, Quincy Steel of Pennsylvania and Jimmy Arriola of the Bronx, are screaming over Wegmans’ vanilla ice cream, or should I say lack thereof.

The two have filed a class action lawsuit against Wegmans, claiming that their vanilla ice cream misleads customers because it allegedly doesn’t actually contain vanilla beans or vanilla extract.

According to the lawsuit, the two believe the label should read “vanilla flavored” to more properly align with what is actually in the ice cream. The men further believe that Wegmans shouldn’t be charging a “premium” price for mislabeled and misleading products.

Jo Natale, vice president of media relations for Wegmans responded to the suit by stating, “We believe that the labeling of our ice cream fully complies with all regulations and industry standards, and is not misleading in any way.”

Wegmans is currently being charged with violating consumer protection laws, committing negligent representation, fraud, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment. Wow, all this over ice cream!?!?!?

I mean, here’s my thing- if it tastes good, what’s the big deal!?!?!? Regardless of the outcome, I know for a fact I’ll still be eating Wegmans’ vanilla ice cream no matter how they decide to make it taste like vanilla. LOL! 🧏🏾‍♀️🍦

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