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Ghirardelli, Russel Stover fined over chocolate packaging

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, January 30 2019 Jan 30, 2019 January 30, 2019 9:04 PM January 30, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The Chronicle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Ghirardelli and Russell Stover have agreed to pay $750,000 in fines after prosecutors in California said they offered a little chocolate in a lot of wrapping.

Prosecutors in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Fresno, Santa Cruz and Yolo counties sued the candy makers, alleging they misled consumers by selling chocolate products in containers that were oversized or "predominantly empty."

Prosecutors also alleged that Ghirardelli offered one chocolate product containing less cocoa than advertised.

The firms didn't acknowledge any wrongdoing but agreed to change their packaging under a settlement approved earlier this month. Some packages will shrink or will have a transparent window so consumers can look inside.

San Francisco-based Ghirardelli and Kansas City-based Russell Stover are owned by a Swiss company, Lindt & Sprungli.

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