PhotoThey know their cheese in Wisconsin so when we saw that the Dairy State had fined Kraft Foods Group, Inc. for alleged short weight violations, we assumed we'd be writing about cheddar cheese.

But no, it's Oscar Mayer who allegedly had his big fat thumb on the scale, according to Jim Dick, communications director of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 

In a news release, the department said Kraft, of Northfield, Illinois, paid a civil forfeiture settlement of $36,908.50 for alleged violations of short weight product packages found in Wisconsin stores. Kraft owns Oscar Mayer.

A weights and measures inspection by the department found 24 instances of false representations of quantity in Kraft products sold at several stores throughout the state, Dick said.  The inspections were conducted between August 2011 and February 2012. 

The short weight products included 11 packages of Oscar Mayer brand light beef franks, 12 packages of Oscar Mayer brand roast beef and one package of Oscar Mayer brand roasted turkey breast.

Due to an earlier civil forfeiture against Kraft for short weight packages in July 2011, the fines involved in this recent settlement were increased. 

As part of the civil forfeiture agreement, Kraft Foods did not admit to violating any Wisconsin laws.


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