Ohio Mulch announced on Thursday it will offer refunds after the state of Ohio investigated whether the company sold bags of its product that weigh less than specified on the packaging.
The company says it will offer 50 cents per bag refunds plus 50 cents for postage to customers who purchased bags of premium cypress, red mulch and black mulch originally marked as 1.5 cubic feet prior to April 6 of this year.
The company is also facing the same situation in Michigan, where state officials have halted the sale of some Ohio Mulch products.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture says it tested more than 200 bags of mulch from stores across the state with only 14 containing the declared net content and with the vast majority being, "grossly short."
Ohio Mulch disputes the Michigan order, disagreeing with the state’s testing procedures and the standards it follows, a spokesman for the company said.
In a statement, Ohio Mulch says it will “carry out these decisions as quickly as possible, to keep the trust of Ohio regulators and consumers as responsible, reliable partners in protecting our environment and serving Ohio consumers.”