Following a media report that a Colorado Walmart was selling expired baby formula, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) highlighted a bill she wrote that would make the practice illegal.
The store was caught selling Similac Soy Formula that was a month old by a mother who bought some and then a TV station. Expiration dates are required, but there is no federal law against selling outdated formula. The Infant Formula Protection Act, which Meng introduced last June, would make it illegal to sell after the “use by” date has passed, and would impose fines of up to $200,000 on stores that break the law.
The bill, HR 2306, is before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Meng spokesman Jordan Goldes said. There is no companion measure in the Senate yet.
Asked what the chances are that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would allow the bill to pass, Meng said in an email, “This bill is a no-brainer and we’re hopeful that he’ll realize how important the measure is to the health of babies. After all, he’s a parent too.”