State orders mulch products pulled from shelves

Pro's Choice mulch, which the state has ordered stores to stop selling because bags were consistently under their advertised weight. (Courtesy the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development)
Pro's Choice mulch, which the state has ordered stores to stop selling because bags were consistently under their advertised weight. (Courtesy the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Tuesday ordered stores to stop selling several mulch products.

The affected items are produced by UMS out of Ohio. State inspectors weighed more than 200 bags, and only 14 of them weighed the amount posted on the package, according to a release from the state.

“UMS is selling a product that doesn’t contain the amount of mulch claimed on the bag,” MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams said in a statement.

The products listed in MDARD’s stop-use and stop-removal order:

  • Longer Lasting Absolute Red #1931, 1.5 cubic feet
  • Longer Lasting Absolute Black #1951, 1.5 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Premium Cyprus #111, 1.5 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Absolute Black #1952, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Absolute Brown #1982, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Absolute Gold #1902, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Absolute Red #1922, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Cedar Mulch #212, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Pine Bark Mulch #302, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Playmat Wood Fiber #1572, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Golden Trophy Premium Cyprus Blend #112, 2 cubic feet
  • Pro’s Choice Positively Black #19

People who bought the affected products should contact their retailer with concerns, MDARD said.

In November, Target 8 found the state has fined 44 corporations over the last two years for shorting customers.

Anyone who thinks a product did not measure up to its advertised weight can make a complaint to the state at MDARD’s website.

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