Consumer Protection Violations Found

The Consumer Protection Section of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, inspects many different weighing and measuring devices, as well as agricultural products. For the first violation, an official notice is issued and the business must send back a Report of Corrective Action Taken (RCAT) detailing how they will correct the problem. If continued problems are found in subsequent inspections, an administrative penalty may be issued and other action may be taken, including referral to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office for civil enforcement. Administrative penalties increase for repeated violations.

 

Definitions used in the violation chart are as follows:

  • Scanners – Price scanning systems charge a different price than is posted. Violations are over 2% errors.
  • Short Weight – The weight stated on the package is more than the weight of the product minus the weight of the packaging or tare. Violations may include not accounting for packaging weight, moisture loss, etc.
  • Seals – Meters found with no security seals.
  • Short Measure – Meters deliver less than the amount on the meter.
  • Maple – Product found to be out of grade for density, color, clarity or flavor.
  • Eggs – Product found to be out of grade for size, cracks, dirty eggs, etc.
  • Paid – Paid Penalty / No Hearing
  • A.O.D. – Assurance of Discontinuance (agreement to have no violations for a period of 1 year)
  • Pre Hearing – Meeting to discuss the violation and come to an agreement
  • Binding Agreement – Mutual agreement on a penalty
  • Final Order – Last order to pay
  • Dismissed – Case dropped

Store

Town

Violation

Penalty Imposed

Outcome

Date Settled

Ocean State Job Lots St.Johnsbury 6% Scanner Error RCAT Corrected April 2016
Shaw’s Berlin Short Weight Meat/Cheese $5,250 Paid April 2016
Family Dollar Newport 8% Scanner Error $6,000 Paid April 2016
Dollar General Barre 8% Scanner Error $8,000 Paid April 2016
Dollar General Fairlee 15% Scanner Error $15,000 Paid March 2016
Four Springs Farm Royalton Short Weight Meat RCAT Corrected March 2016
Black Watch Farm Weathersfield Short Weight Meat RCAT Corrected March 2016
Sweet Crunch Bakeshop Hyde Park Short Weight Bakery RCAT Corrected March 2016
Shaws S.Burlington Short Weight Cheese $1,000 Paid March 2016
Dollar General Berlin 4% Scanner Error $4,000 Paid March 2016
Dollar General Colchester 5% Scanner Error $5,000 Paid March 2016
Family Dollar St. Albans 3% Scanner Error $1,500 Paid March 2016
Kinney Drugs Burlington 7% Scanner Error $7,000 Paid March 2016
Dollar General Williamstown 8% Scanner Error $6,000 Paid March 2016
Mac’s Market Woodstock 4% Scanner Error $2,000 Paid March 2016
Hannaford Burlington Short Weight Cheese $4,000 Paid March 2016
Shaw’s Middlebury Short Weight Meat/Cheese $2,000 Paid March 2016
Shaw’s Colchester Short Weight Produce $2,000 Paid March 2016
Dollar General Northfield 4% Scanner Error $4,000 Paid March 2016
Hannaford Swanton Short Weight Cheese RCAT Corrected March 2016
Family Dollar Bradford 12% Scanner Error $12,000 Paid March 2016
Price Chopper Essex Short Weight Meat RCAT Corrected March 2016
Mac’s Corner Market Richmond Short Weight Meat RCAT Corrected March 2016
Shaw's Fair Haven Short Weight Meat/Cheese RCAT Corrected March 2016
Hannaford’s Barre Short Weight Meat RCAT Corrected February 2016
CVS Essex 4% Scanner Error RCAT Corrected February 2016
Hannaford Middlebury Short Weight Cheese RCAT Corrected February 2016
Price Chopper Rutland 6% Scanner Error RCAT Corrected February 2016
Total Cluster Fudge Illinois Short Weight Brownies RCAT Corrected February 2016
Kinney Drugs Vergennes 3% Scanner Error $1,500 Paid February 2016
Walmart Rutland Unit Pricing RCAT Corrected February 2016
Kinney Drugs Bradford 5% Scanner Error RCAT Corrected February 2016
Walmart St. Albans 3% Scanner Error RCAT Corrected January 2016
Wesco S.Burlington Fuel Pricing $1,000 Paid $750.00 per final order December 2015
Wesco S.Burlington Violate AOD $2,000 Paid after final order December 2015
Dollar General Barre 9% Scanner Error $9,000 Paid October 2015
Shaws Williston 3% Scanner Error RCAT Corrected October 2015
Dollar General Northfield 7% Scanner Error $7,000 Paid October 2015
Stan Robinson Passumpsic No Seals RCAT Corrected September 2015