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Confirmed: Whole Foods really has been ripping you off

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 2.56.08 PMFinally, an explanation as to why that artisanal chocolate cost you $15.

According to Thrillist, Whole Foods is officially under investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for ripping off its customers in New York City stores.

The DCA issued a press release Wednesday detailing the organic grocer’s “systematic overcharging [of] its pre-packaged products,” focusing on “packages that had been labeled with exactly the same weight when it would be practically impossible for all of the packages to weigh the same amount,” such as Whole Foods’ nuts, berries, vegetables, and seafood (so, a ton of the food items on your grocery list).

More reading: Whole Foods requires GMO labeling in its stores

The DCA tested 80 different packages, and close to 90 percent failed to meet federal standards. “Our inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers, which DCA and New Yorkers will not tolerate,” commissioner Julie Menin told Thrillist.

As a result, the chain will likely have to pay hefty fines, and apparently it isn’t the first time. Whole Foods has reportedly paid upwards of $58,000 in New York for similar violations and $800,000 toward its California stores.

It all makes the company’s promise of cheaper stores launching soon sound way less generous, doesn’t it? —Emily Karr

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