A New York City Department claims it’s discovered a pattern of overcharging pre-packaged items at Whole Foods stores in the city. Meatingplace reports the overcharging is occurring on food items including meats, dairy and baked goods. The department said it tested 80 different types of pre-packaged items, ranging from chicken tenders to vegetable platters, berries and nuts, and found all had packages with mislabeled weights. According to the department, 89 percent of that packages that were tested did not meet federal standards for the maximum amount an individual package can deviate from the actual weight.
Whole Foods, in a statement to Meatingplace, called the allegations overreaching. Whole Foods last year was ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in penalties in California after city attorneys for Santa Monica, Los Angeles and San Diego brought a civil consumer protection case against the company for violations that included overcharging for deli meats and other foods.