Thursday, June 28, 2007

Expired Formula? Not just a nutrition risk.

I found this little note on the web from Arizona with an interesting twist on corporate irresponsibility. Expired formula is not only a nutrition risk, but expired powdered formula may well be a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to possibly major - or even lethal - health consequences. While most expiration dates are on the conservative side, blatant abuse caught repeatedly could well be a sign of additional abuses.

Bashas' + Babies = A Risky Formula
Posted : Wed, 27 Jun 2007 23:54:00 GMT
Author : Hungry for Respect

PHOENIX, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A study found widespread stocking of expired infant formula at Bashas'-owned stores in Arizona. The study was based on an investigation conducted by Hungry for Respect, a coalition of grocery store employees, their union and community groups. ...Hungry for Respect's investigation found that a staggering 58% of the Bashas' Supermarkets stores visited and more than half of the Food City stores visited in the Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma areas stocked expired infant formula...The investigation also found that 10% of the Bashas' upscale AJ's Fine Food stores visited sold expired formula.
Infant formula is required by the US Food and Drug Administration to have a "use by" date so that parents don't mistakenly feed their babies formula that has lost its nutritional value. Formulas consumed after the "use by" date may not provide the nutrition levels required by the FDA.

1 comment:

George Kent said...

While there may be a legal requirement to place a "use by" date on infant formula, to my knowledge there is no legal requirement to take "expired" products off the store shelves. The relevant law needs to be strengthened.

Aloha, George Kent