California, Merced Co.
District Attorneys Office
June 9, 1999
Prosecutors Charge Rite Aid with
Selling Expired Contaceptives, Infant Formula and Medicine
San Diego, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- Three District Attorneys and the City Attorney of San Diego filed a consumer protection
complaint Tuesday in Alameda County against Rite Aid Corporation retail drug stores
alleging the sale of expired contraceptives, infant formula and infant heath products
throughout their more than 600 California stores.
Prosecutors from three California counties as well
as from the City of San Diego filed the complaint after an extensive investigation into
Rite Aid's sale of expired products and their failure to remove such products from their
shelves, even after written assurances from their corporate officers that such products
were no longer being sold.
"Consumers have a right to expect that
products they have purchased are safe and nutritionally in tact. We discovered that
condoms, spermicides, infant formula and infant health products and other dated
merchandise were being sold to Rite Aid consumers after their expiration dates.
Worse, the sale of condoms and other product designed to prevent sexually transmitted
diseases and unwanted pregnancies continued in California even after Rite Aid was made
aware of the problem in another state." said Merced County District Attorney Gordon
Consumers are urged to check for expired items
that may have been purchased. Infant formula and medicines lose their nutritional
value or potency with time. Product, intended to prevent the spread of sexually
transmitted disease or unwanted pregnancies also lose effectiveness
Consumers with questions can call 1-800-869-9824.