PHOENIX - “Stop sale orders” for frozen shrimp were made Friday for stores around the state for over-charging customers, a Weights and Measures report said.
The Department of Weights and Measures spontaneously inspected 36 stores in September, and paid particular attention to their frozen shrimp, according to a department news release.
Officials took the shrimp out of the packaging, cleaned off all frozen glaze and water to weigh the shrimp and compare its price with the label. Only 77 percent of the stores passed with proper weight and address labels, the report said.
Four out-of-state manufacturers were fined for inaccurately labeling the weight and not having an address on the container, officials said.
A total of $11,500 in civil penalties was charged to the manufacturers and a few local grocery stores who self-packed their shrimp.
"While we didn't find stores who were routinely or deliberately overcharging the customer, it is always disconcerting whenever we come across individual examples of products not properly packaged or labeled," said Kevin Tyne, Director of the Department of Weights and Measures.
Stores with mislabeled shrimp in the Valley include:
Albertsons (In Tempe): Oregon Shrimp
Bashas' Food City (Phoenix): Great American Seafood uncooked shrimp
Safeway (Scottsdale, Surprise): 2 lb. cooked shrimp/Sea Best Raw Shrimp 2 lb.
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