Lazy Acres Gets Lazy in Labeling Pizza Makings, Pays $5K to County

In a crackdown on phony pizza ingredient labels, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office announced this week it has fined the parent company of Lazy Acres Market the sum of $5,000 for failing to mention soybean oil and corn syrup in a product. 

In an Oct. 28 news release, District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley said the Consumer Protection Unit has obtained a $5,000 stipulated final judgment against Bristol Farms, which owns Lazy Acres. 

While $5,000 may not seem like a lot of money for a large corporation such as Bristol Farms, Deputy District Attorney Chris Dalby said a consumer brought up the problem and his office looks into issue like that. 

Dalby said it’s not clear why the unmentioned ingredients were left off the packaging, but the company complied with resolving the problem in a short amount of time. 

“The settlement resolves allegations that Bristol Farms misrepresented the ingredients in the ‘Cheese Pizza Whole’ product prepared and sold at Lazy Acres Market, in violation of the False Advertising Law,” the news release said. “The civil complaint alleges that Bristol Farms listed the ingredients as flour, water, olive oil, sugar, yeast, and salt, yet failed to include several other ingredients including soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup.” 

There has been no official comment from Bristol Farms on just how lazy the company was in failing to list all the pizza ingredients. 

The DA’s release said, under the terms of the judgment, Bristol Farms must comply with a permanent injunction to comply with the law and pay the civil penalty to the county. 

“The law entitles consumers to accurate labeling on the foods they consider for purchasing,” Dudley said. “This is particularly important for ingredients that many consumers consciously avoid, such as soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup. We are grateful that Bristol Farms agreed to cooperate and resolve this case promptly.” 

Bristol Farms is building a new market in La Cumbre Plaza where Vons closed in September.

Posted Oct. 30, 2019.

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