Turf warning & Rite Aid settlement

June 23, 2008 4:19:02 PM PDT
The next time you buy infant formula, medicine, or baby food make sure to check out the price and the expiration date. In a lawsuit Rite Aid had been accused of defrauding consumers by charging more than the shelf price for some goods and of selling expired products. Monday we've learned the drug store chain has agreed to settle.

Rite Aid has agreed to pay New Jersey up to $650-thousand to settle the lawsuit. The Garden State sued the corporation in 2006 charging its inspectors found expired products and price inaccuracies.

The state accused Rite Aid of violating agreements it had made with New Jersey on three previous occasions.

Rite Aid admits no wrongdoing but said the company has implemented policies to monitor price accuracy and periodically inspect merchandise. The deal with New Jersey also requires Rite Aid to destroy or return expired merchandise removed from store shelves.

There's another warning out Monday about the health risk from exposure to lead in artificial turf.

The Center for Environmental Health is sending legal notices to 14 companies saying their products show high lead levels.

The concern over possible lead exposure from turf was first raised by New Jersey Health officials. They found excessive levels in old synthetic sports fields and shut down three facilities.

The Center for Environmental Health tested lead content in turf from sports fields, indoor and outdoor carpeting, and other new products. The agency said its test showed lead could be wiped off turf with a cloth or a child's hand.

Previously the Synthetic Turf Council has said its scientists have found no evidence of a health risk based on their own test results.