Tampa, Fl. Wal-Mart Special: Expired Infant Formula, Real Cheap
Reporters for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida have found “dozens of expired merchandise on the shelves at Wal-Mart stores in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties."
The Times found multiple Wal-Mart’s selling expired goods on the shelves like sour cream, Gerber butternut squash and potato baby food. Some products were six months or more past their last sell date. . Reporters found expired prenatal and children's vitamins, children's allergy and fever medication and baby formula.
Wal-Mart issued this statement: “We want all of our customers to have the best experience possible while shopping with us, and we take out-of-date merchandise seriously. We are currently working to address the situation.”
But one angry shopper told The Times: “What really bothers me is that it's happening in a community that's already poverty stricken and this community depends on this store."
In October of 2010, Wal-Mart paid $775,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the state of New Jersey over the retailer's selling of infant formula and over-the-counter drugs after the product expiration date. Wal-Mart signed a Consent Order on October 19, 2010 to end the litigation, which had been going on since 2008. The same lawsuit included Target, which settled their case in 2009, and paid $375,000 to the state. IN 2012, similar problems showed up in Massachusetts as well.
In the New Jersey case, the state’s Attorney General told the media: "This settlement puts the onus on Wal-Mart to check expiration dates when stocking its shelves, to periodically recheck stocked items, and then remove from sale any infant formula or non-prescription drugs that are past expiration. A responsible retailer should do no less and we expect full compliance at Wal-Mart's 54 New Jersey stores."
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To read about expired products at a Massachusetts Wal-Mart, search this Newsflash datbase by "Leominster, Mass."