Raybern Foods Settles Lawsuit for Selling Underweight Products

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the settlement of a consumer protection action against Raybern Foods, LLC (Raybern). Raybern prepares and sells pre‑packaged sandwiches through various retailers including Wal‑Mart, Sam’s Club, and Costco. The action was filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court. The complaint alleges that Raybern sold, offered for sale, or distributed over 1,000 sandwich products in less quantity than represented on the sandwich label. Selling underweight products is a violation of California’s False Advertising Law and Unfair Competition Law.

The consumer violations were discovered when the Santa Barbara County Weights & Measures Division, during a routine inspection, sampled various Raybern sandwiches. The Division coordinated with the Ventura County Weights & Measures Division, which found similar short-weight sandwiches in local Costco and Wal‑Mart stores. Approximately 1,170 sandwich products were ordered off-sale in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Riverside Counties for violating the net weight labeling requirements.

As part of the settlement, Raybern was ordered to implement an automated system to regularly check the weight of the sandwiches it sells. In addition, Raybern was ordered to pay a total of $168,139 in civil penalties and costs.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is the public prosecutor for the county’s 850,000 residents. The office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

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