Fresh & Easy under fire for overcharging
January 26, 2013
If you discover the Fresh & Easy grocery store in San Luis Obispo charges more for an item than advertised, you could just get the product for free. [NBC]
A San Diego County Judge ordered the owner of Fresh & Easy grocery stores to pay more than $800,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the chain charged higher prices than were posted on store shelves or advertised in circulars
In addition, the chain owned by British supermarket giant Tesco, will also have to institute a three-year-long “Get It Free” program that will give shoppers $3 back on items if they’re overcharged. The stores will have to give away for free the item if it is advertised at less than $3 when overcharging occurs.
In December, Tesco announced that because its stores are failing in the U.S. market they are reviewing options such as selling or closing the chain.
The chain is also under fire in Europe for issues with meat products in several counties. Last week, an Irish food safety watchdog said that it had discovered traces of horse and pig meat in burger products sold by some of Tesco’s supermarkets, including a burger sold by global retailer Tesco that authorities said was made of roughly 30 percent horse. A lone meat processor in Ireland is being blamed for the mixed meat burgers.