If a bag of chips seem lighter than usual, the obvious thing is to bring out your scale and weigh the bag, right?
That’s exactly what happened when journalists at MyBroadband recently bought a pack of Lay’s Portuguese Peri-Peri Prawns chips. The bag advertises that it weights 36 grams, but after careful investigation and weighing, it turned out it was more than just a feeling.
MyBroadband reports that repeated measurements on their kitchen scale showed that the bag weighed 25 grams, much less than the advertised weight.
To make sure their scale is the real deal, the publication tested it repeatedly for accuracy. It proved to consist of an accuracy of 1g.
The team also tested other products including a Cadbury P.S. chocolate and a packet of Bakers Mini Cheddars. Both of them weighed within a gram of the weight stated on their packaging.
Pepsico, the owner of Lay’s, said that they traced the particulars of the pack as part of their investigation.
“We have investigated this particular pack, using the production code visible on the image sent and can confirm it was produced on 12 November 2022 at our Isando plant.”
The statement went on to say that the packet in question is one of 72,576 produced on that day. So far, this is the only query that the manufacturer has received related to a suspected underweight pack.
Pepsico suggested that consumers phone their consumer hotline in case they find a similar packet.
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