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Bashas' admits to mislabeling steaks, overcharging

Bashas' admits to mislabeling steaks, overcharging

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Aug 31, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona-owned Bashas' Inc. is admitting that it overcharged customers by mislabeling steaks and beef at its AJ's Fine Foods stores.
   
The Arizona Republic reports that U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona announced Friday that it had entered into a non- prosecution agreement with the company because of its cooperation with investigators.
   
According to authorities, meat-department managers sold steaks for $10 more per pound by mislabeling the grade of "choice" tenderloin as "prime." Employees also added trimmings from other meat products to Kobe ground beef, so customers weren't always getting pure ground beef.
   
Bashas' agreed to pay $1.5 milion to food banks in Tucson and Phoenix as a form of restitution.
   
The company operates more than 100 grocery stores in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.