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 each individual store location 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 must reflect the weight of the product only, excluding the weight of packaging.
  • 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
  • AOD – Assurance of Discontinuance
  • Pre Hearing – Meeting to discuss the violation and come to an agreement
  • Dismissed – Case dropped
 

Store

Town

Violation

Penalty Imposed

Outcome

Date Settled

Shaws Williston Short Weight $6,000 Paid $6,000 after hearing Sept. 1 2016
Shaws Waterbury Scanners $6,000 Paid $4,500 after hearing Sept. 1 2016
Dollar General Fairlee Scanners $7,000 Paid August 8 2016
Shelburne Limestone Swanton Split Weighing RCAT Violation corrected July 13 2016
Dollar General Windsor 11% Scanner Error $8,250 Paid $6,000 after hearing May 26 2016
Hannaford Brandon    Short Weight Meat $3,000 Paid  May 26 2016
Lantman's Hinesburg Short Weight Cheese $6,000 Paid $3,000 after hearing May 26 2016
Tops Hardwick 4% Scanner Error $4,000 Paid $1,500 after pre hearing May 20 2016
Kinney Drugs St. Johnsbury 5% Scanner Error RCAT Violation corrected May 17 2016
Manghi's Bread Montpelier Short Weight Granola $500 Paid $250 after hearing May 10 2016
Sylvester's Montgomery Center 5% Scanner Error RCAT Violation corrected May 4 2016
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 after hearing December 2015
Wesco S.Burlington Violate AOD $2,000 Paid after hearing 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