Weights and measures inspectors from Montgomery County and officials from the Ohio Department of Agriculture ordered bags of Ohio Mulch “off sale” and to be shipped back to the manufacturer after tests determined that a number of the packages being sold locally were short weight.
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said inspectors from his office were asked to join state officials in conducting tests at the Ohio Mulch store in Union after several bags of mulch were discovered to be short in the Columbus area.
“I was contacted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and was told that they were sending inspectors from Columbus to conduct tests in Montgomery County,” Keith said. “Our inspectors joined them at the site where they tested 60 random bags of mulch using a certified device that measures volume. Of the bags of mulch tested, 27 of them were determined to be short.”
Keith said the Director of the Department of Agriculture issued a state-wide stop sale order dated April 24th that halted the sale of 1.5-cubic-foot bags of mulch produced by Ohio Mulch. The stop sale order was issued after random tests found bags of mulch around the state contained less volume than indicated on the bag.
According to the order, the mulch affected was produced before April 6, 2014, as a result of a defective bagging machine that was replaced on that date. Ohio Department of Agriculture officials stated that mulch from Ohio Mulch is safe to buy and sell if there is a sticker on the bag with a date after April, 6, 2014.
Anyone who believes they purchased bags of mulch from Ohio Mulch that did not contain the proper volume as indicated on the bag, should contact the company at 614-592-2793. To report other concerns about mulch, please contact the Montgomery County Weights and Measures Department at 937-225-6309.
Date: April 28, 2014