Ralphs ordered to pay $300K settlement in Calif.

May 1, 2012 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County judge has ordered Ralphs and its parent company Kroger Co. to pay $300,000 for shorting consumers on frozen dairy desserts.

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach says Tuesday's order includes a $50,000 donation to a food bank because it's too difficult to find the shorted customers.

Zellerbach says in 2009, several flavors of Frozen Dairy Dessert made by Kroger and sold by Ralphs were short in volume between 6 and 15 percent.

Government weights and measures officials ordered that they be removed from sale.

The judge also ordered Ralphs stores in Riverside County to designate a pricing integrity coordinator to verify accuracy.

Company spokeswoman Kendra Doyel said in a statement that Kroger and Ralphs are committed to following the law, including strict weights and measures compliance.

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