Legislation that would ban the selling of expired baby food, infant formula and over-the-counter medication is now in the hands of California Governor Jerry Brown. The bill’s supporters are calling on the governor to sign it.
Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan didn’t just bring cans of expired baby food to his news conference. He brought a baby, 11-month-old Kai Proctor from Woodland, northwest of Sacramento. A few months ago, Kai’s dad Dale bought and fed him a can of green peas and brown rice that expired more than half a year earlier. Dale says Kai became violently ill.
“This was a frightening experience for us, and one which could have (been) prevented if the store had reason to act more responsibly,” said Dale Proctor. “No parent should have to worry like we did – and no baby should have to suffer like Kai.”
There actually isn’t a law that requires stores to make sure that doesn’t happen. And grocer and retail groups believe one isn’t necessary. They say existing enforcement efforts already work – and stores allow refunds or exchanges for expired products.