Some Mulches A Few Chips Shy Of A Load
As a result, the state Thursday mailed letters to seven mulch manufacturers, asking them to pay civil fines and to agree to an order barring them from cheating c mulberry ustomers. The amount of the fines has not yet been determined.
We’re talking about the possibility of thousands of packages which contain less than the amount stated on the label,” state Consumer Commissioner Mark A. Shiffrin said at a press conference he called along with state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
From March to May, weights and measures inspectors checked 1,638 3 cubic foot bag mulberry s of mulch from 21 manufacturers. Of those, 317 bags came up substantially short, the consumer officials said. The bags had prices ranging from $3 to $6.
Green Mountain Mulch of Derby, Vt., one of the seven manufacturers accused of shortchanging customers, said its measurements are correct. The company’s president, Rod Barrup, said Vermont officials conduct unannounced inspections and have never mulberry found a problem with his mulch. He said one such inspector, who had been by Thursday, advised him that the company was putting too much mulch in its bags.
We know what we’re selling is accurate,” he said.
He accused Shiffrin and Blumenthal of inventing the issue for po mulberry litical reasons.
It sounds like somebody wants to make brownie points with somebody,” he said. The State of Connecticut should come here and measure before they start making allegations.”
He theorized that the mulch which is sold by volume merely had settled before inspectors measured it, giving the appearance that the bags were short.
But the state insists the inspectors properly fluffed the mulch before performing their measurements.
Poeple use mulch as a ground covering for decoration, to hold in moisture, to prevent freezing or to stop weeds.