Supermarkets Flunk City Inspections, Again

January 6, 2011  |  

(Crain’s) — Supermarkets are in hot water again, just four months after being fined a collective $380,000 by the Department of Consumer Affairs for overcharging shoppers, among other issues.  The city agency conducted 500 inspections at 408 supermarkets in all five boroughs, concluding that the industry has a citywide compliance rate of just 33%, down from 48% in August when it released the results of a similar sweep.  “I fear that these inspections are the tip of an iceberg,” said Commissioner Jonathan Mintz. “I wish I could tell you this is about a few bad supermarkets, but the problem is more significant. It’s industrywide.”

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