That muffin didn't cost taxpayers $16 after all

October 28, 2011 - 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the $16 muffin, a sign of government spending out of control? It turns out that all the criticism was half-baked.

The Justice Department's office of inspector general is apologizing for erroneously concluding that a hotel charged the government $16 apiece for breakfast muffins.

The IG's assertion last month prompted widespread criticism of government spending. A swift rebuttal came from Hilton Worldwide, which manages and franchises hotels including the Capital Hilton, the location for a Justice Department conference that served the muffins.

At the time, the IG said it stood by its report that the muffins were indeed that pricey.

On Friday, the IG's office reversed itself, saying that it had received additional information concerning food and beverage costs and that the department did not pay $16 per muffin.