A lawsuit that was originally thrown out has been revived by The Second Circuit late May 2017. The lawsuit claims Whole Foods overcharges for underweight prepackaged foods.
New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner, Julie Menin, calls it the “worse case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers” according to Consumer Reports.
This wouldn’t be the first time Whole Foods was sued for ripping off shoppers by selling products with the weight incorrectly labeled. According to officials, from the ongoing investing used against Whole Foods in court, the discrepancies ranged from 80 cents to nearly $15 per package!
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) said that 89% of the packages they re-weighed failed to meet the federal standard for the maximum amount that a package can deviate from the actual weight. According to a statement made by the DCA, the overcharges are a byproduct of a “systematic problem with how products packaged for sale at Whole Foods are weighed and labeled.” The products that were most prevalent in this scam included the nuts, berries, vegetables, and seafood.
In New York, the fine for falsely labeling a package is as much as $950 for the first violation and up to $1,700 for a subsequent violation. According to the DNC, the number of violations that Whole Foods faces for all pre-packaged goods in the NYC stores is in the thousands!
Whole Foods has definitely faced social scrutiny for their overpriced products and overall persona over the years, and now we are seeing it was for good reason!
Remember: Whole Foods is not the only grocery store chain guilty of fraudulently deceiving the public… If you feel that one of your local markets is scamming you then please contact us at Info@MyPirl.com