Smart & Final to pay $175K for egg price gouging in pandemic

Posted at 12:58 PM, Apr 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-05 15:58:02-04

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California officials say grocery chain Smart & Final has agreed to pay $175,000 in penalties to resolve allegations that the grocer engaged in price gouging of certain organic and cage-free eggs at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta said Tuesday that between March 4, 2020 and June 22, 2020, Smart & Final increased the price of four premium egg products beyond what was allowable during a state of emergency.

He says an investigation found that Smart & Final sold over 100,000 cartons of eggs that were marked up by more than 10%, violating the law.

Smart & Final operates more than 250 retail stores throughout the western United States.