The Vermont Attorney General’s office has settled a lawsuit with the Price Chopper supermarket chain over claims of false advertising.
The store used newspaper advertisements in 2002 that described the store’s produce as “farm fresh.”
The fruits and vegetables were from brokers, shippers and warehouses from as far away as Texas, Florida and California.
The Attorney General’s office says the ads violated the Vermont Consumer Fraud act.
Price Chopper’s parent company, Golub Corporation of Schenectady, New York, has agreed to pay Vermont $10,000, although the company denies any wrongdoing.
The company ‘s president says the produce was fresh but was not shipped directly from farms to stores.