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Whole Foods Caught Overcharging in CA

Whole Foods Caught Overcharging in CA

Ever feel like you’ve been swindled of your hard earned cash when you leave Whole Foods? Have you stumbled out, starry-eyed and startled, with bags full of crisp green kale and wallet stripped of foliage, wondering how you just spent $400? Well, in California, it turns out that may have been the case.

Across the state, Whole Foods has been penalized for overcharging its customers in its 70+ locations. After a year-long investigation, significant pricing discrepancies across the state were noticed. Most of the overcharging was in the prepared foods section. For one, the weight of the compostable containers wasn’t subtracted from salad bar or hot food items, which are sold by weight. Prepared items sold by the pound were found to be discreetly underweight although still priced at a pound. And kebabs were sold by weight instead of by the piece, against federal regulation. Whole Foods made a statement claiming that its pricing was accurate 98% of the time and that it will correct these discrepancies.

The company has cooperated with authorities, and has agreed to pay an $800,000 settlement and to a 5 year injunction that requires accurate pricing, increased monitoring, and random audits.

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at jordyncormier.com.

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6:19AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

sad

6:00AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Thank you :)

7:29AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

it probably goes on everywhere

2:50AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Perhaps if people learned to shop properly they could reduce expenses by 50%, and your worried about being charged the price of a compostable containers, and I am not certain that most salad bars anyway do that. It certainly does not really make an impact on your $400 example.

2:42AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

I've not been impressed with any large health food shop lately. Their prices are outrageous and quality is generally poor. Add over charging to the list and they become a distant memory.

5:47AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Thank you :)

2:59AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

How does paying any sort of a settlement help those who actually overpaid?

1:07PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

not very nice Whole Foods...but I hardly believe they are the first or will be the last. they are just one that got caught is all.

4:48PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

It really doesn't surprise me at all, but Whole Foods has a chance to be a real game changer in the grocery space. They need to invest in creating a hydroponic produce green house on the roof of each store.

Talk about terroir...

11:06AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

thanks

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