Ag department issues stop sale order for Ohio mulch products

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently issued a stop-sale order for all 1.5 cubic foot bags of mulch produced by the Ohio Mulch company before April 6.

Following up on a complaint, the department’s Division of Weights and Measures inspectors tested 1.5 cubic foot bags of Ohio Mulch products being offered for retail sale at Speedway, Thornton’s and Certified gas stations.

Testing

ODA inspectors randomly selected 18 bags from three different product lines March 31: Absolute Black, Absolute Red and Premium Cypress. Six bags were tested for each product and every bag failed to contain either the stated amount of 1.5 cubic feet or an amount within the maximum allowable variation of 5 percent.

Inspectors visited the Ohio Mulch manufacturing facility and tested bags being filled. The company indicated a faulty bagging machine was removed and replaced April 6. Each of the bags tested at the manufacturing facility were found to either contain the correct amount of product, or to be within maximum allowable variation.

Additional products

Inspectors also recently began testing other mulch products from Ohio Mulch and other mulch manufacturers. Random samples taken from a retailer in Franklin County were tested and failed to contain the stated amount. Eight-hundred nineteen bags of 2 cubic feet mulch were ordered off-sale at that location and the department will continue conduct random sampling of mulch bags and respond to complaints.

The company has indicated they will offer 50 cents per bag refunds plus 50 cents for postage for every customer who purchased these products, and discounts for future purchases. Customers need to mail proof of purchase of these products to Ohio Mulch, P.O. Box 650, Blacklick, OH 43004.

Customers with questions should contact the company at 614-592-2793.

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