Beans, both red and black, make up a substantial portion of the Costa Rican diet. So economics ministry inspectors went to supermarkets to check these products for net weight and quality.
Packages were taken from 11 markets around the Central Valley and in Grecia and Sarchí. The good news is that all the markets had their shelves marked correctly with the final price, as the law requires. And most of the packages of beans contained the correct weight, either 900 or 800 grams.
Three packages were underweight slightly, and a third of the packages had some deficiency in labeling. The biggest shortage was about 23 grams, which is about 2.5 percent of the promised weight.
The consumer department of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio does studies like this frequently.
The study also showed that some of the packages did not measure up to the top quality promised on the label.
Packing firms will have to answer for the deficiencies, said the ministry. One package was infested by insects.