A suit brought by the city attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego, has resulted in Whole Foods being ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in settlement fees. The supermarket specializing in natural and organic foods was accused of charging more than the advertised price for a variety of items, according to a report by San Jose Mercury News.
“The consumer protection case was brought against Whole Foods Market California Inc. and Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Markets Inc., the two subsidiaries of Whole Foods Market Inc. that operate its California stores,” reported USA Today.
An investigation by weights and measures inspectors employed with the state and Los Angeles County, concluded that Whole Foods “failed to deduct the weight of containers when ringing up charges for self-serve foods at the salad bar and hot bar, giving customers less weight than the amount stated on the label for packaged items sold by the pound.”
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