Philly clamps down on out-of-date products

June 10, 2009 7:16:40 AM PDT
Philadelphia officials want to clamp down on sales of products that are too old. A City Council committee approved a measure Tuesday that would require stores that sell goods that have exceeded their expiration dates to give the buyer a refund - or a 50 percent discount on an identical non-expired product.

City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez says some stores routinely fail to get out-of-date products off the shelves.

It is against federal law to sell expired goods, but Lance Haver of the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs says no remedies are available to consumers beyond exchanging the goods or getting a refund.

The bill would apply to nonprescription drugs, infant formula, baby food, milk and other dairy products.

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