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

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Apr 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 09:52:20-04

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 in March and June 2020, Smart & Final sold over 100,000 cartons of eggs that were marked up by more than 10%, violating the law.

Smart & Final says it "briefly and unintentionally raised the price of premium eggs" after suppliers raised the price on standard eggs.

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