Survey again shows food prices vary a lot

On the eve of the World Day of the Consumer, the economics ministry once again shows that there is a price jungle out there.

The ministry’s consumer section conducted another one of its surveys, and this one involved pricing the contents of the basic food basket.

The ministry reported that survey takers found differences up to106 percent in identical products and differences up to 620 percent in similar products.

The survey was from Feb. 11 to 24, and workers gathered data from 40 supermarkets in  San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Limón, Guanacaste and Puntarenas.

Products ranged from flour to salt to coffee to deodorant. Some meats were included, too.

The identical product with price differences of 106 percent was a kilo of corn flour with the trademark Pan, said the ministry.

A package of Oreo cookies ranged from 950 colons to 1,902 colons, said the survey report.

In four of the supermarkets the survey team found that prices at the cash register were higher than those shown on the shelves.

The ministry is having a small ceremony today at the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales south of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social headquarters to mark the day of the consumer.

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