Whole Foods responds to overcharging allegations

Investigators say it’s ‘the worst case of overcharges that they’ve ever seen,’ but the brand is disputing claims it overcharged customers. 

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Last fall, the company had to fork over $800,000 to the State of California because its stores were doing things like failing to deduct the weight of containers when charging for the salad bar. Stores were also selling deli items by the piece when state law required them to sell by the pound.

So, it’s that type of overcharging—not the kind where you find yourself paying $7 for a box of gluten-free, kale-infused quinoa crackers.

But now it’s New York’s turn to go after Whole Foods. And, as New York Daily News reports, investigators are saying it’s “the worst case of overcharges that they’ve ever seen.”

All of the labels on the 80 items that investigators inspected were found to be inaccurate, and CNN reports that 89 percent of packages “violated federal rules for how much a package can deviate from actual weight.”

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