Grisanti Bill Requires Unit Pricing In Certain Retail Stores For Easy Comparison | News
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage of his bill S.7277A in the Senate that would amend the agriculture and markets law to include chain stores that sell consumer goods with annual sales of $2.5 million in the requirement of disclosure of price per measure as well as the retail selling price. This unit pricing law will allow consumer to comparison shop so they can find the best value. This bill will also allow the Department of Agriculture and Markets to investigate and stop false advertising by discount retailers who sell significant amounts of consumer commodities but claim to be exempt from the unit pricing requirement.
“I am extremely pleased that this unit pricing bill has passed the Senate. Consumers who shop for grocery items recognize that manufacturers no longer sell products in standard sizes. The ability to make an educated cost comparison of products like coffee, ice cream, tuna fish or paper products is hampered greatly when there is a confusing array of packaging. With the passage of this bill, similar unit pricing on goods in Wegmans and Dollar General will help the customer make the best decision on where to spend their money,” said Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I,-60). “I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to pass this legislation on behalf of the consumer.”
This unit pricing law will cover both human and pet food, paper products and food wrappings, soaps, detergents and other cleaning products, as well as non-prescription drugs and toiletries. Stores that have annual gross sales of consumer commodities in the previous calendar year of less than $2.5 million including convenience stores are not included in the bill unless they are affiliated with other stores, thus meeting the sales threshold. The Department of Agriculture and Markets will be able to respond more quickly to customer complaints as they no longer will have to conduct a financial audit of chain stores on a per location basis.
Once passed by the Assembly, this bill will become law 180 days after being signed by the Governor.