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 Outcome Date Settled
Rite Aid Barre Scanners $1,500.00 Paid 9/23/2016
Jericho Market Jericho Short Weight RCAT Corrected 11/10/2016
Kinney Drug St Johnsbury Scanners $3,000.00 Paid 1/18/2017
Dollar General Williamstown Scanners $5,000.00 Paid 1/25/2017
Black River Meats Springfield Short Weight RCAT Corrected 1/27/2017
CVS South Burlington Scanners RCAT Corrected 2/2/2017
Rite Aid Middlebury Scanners RCAT Corrected 2/10/2017
Mehuron’s Waitsfield Scanners $1,500.00 Paid $500 w/AOD 2/24/2017
Price Chopper Rutland Scanners $1,500.00 Paid 3/9/2017
Price South Burlington Short Weight $2,000.00 Paid 3/9/2017
Shaws Vergennes Scanners $3,000.00 Paid 3/10/2017
Mac’s Warren Scanners $3,750.00 Paid 3/13/2017
Jericho Market Jericho Scanners $6,750.00 Paid 3/15/2017
Champlain Oil  South Burlington Seals/AOD $2,750.00 Paid/Hearing  3/27/2017
Dollar General Fair Haven Scanners RCAT Corrected 4/3/2017
Lowes South Burlington Scanners RCAT Corrected 4/5/2017
Sanderson Farm NC Short Weight RCAT Corrected 4/7/2017
Healthy Living South Burlington Short Weight RCAT Corrected 4/7/2017
Shaws Vergennes Short Weight RCAT Corrected 4/7/2017
Hannaford Middlebury Short Weight $500.00 Paid 4/14/2017
Shaws Colchester Short Weight $2,000.00 Paid 4/18/2017
Shaws Waitsfield Short Weight $1,000.00 Paid 4/18/2017
Food City St Albans Short Weight $2,000.00 Paid $1,000/AOD  4/21/2017
CVS Colchester Scanners $12,750.00 Paid $6,000/AOD 4/24/2017
CVS Berlin Scanners $8,250.00 Paid $4,000/AOD  4/24/2017