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Connecticut accuses CVS of selling expired items

BY CSA STAFF

Woonsocket, R.I. The state of Connecticut is suing CVS/pharmacy, a division of CVS Caremark Corp., claiming the drugstore chain has sold food, beverages and over-the-counter medications past their expiration dates in at least 20 of its Connecticut stores.

Investigators from State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s office found expired products on CVS store shelves during summer 2008 and this summer. Expired products included cough and allergy medications, baby formula, antacids, energy drinks and dairy products.

CVS officials issued a statement saying they were notified of the allegations Monday, and it is CVS company policy to remove all items from store shelves before their expiration date passes.

According to Blumenthal, about half of the stores that investigators visited this summer had expired products on the shelves, up from about a quarter of stores that had expired products when investigators checked in summer 2008.

After his office received complaints from consumers about the sale of expired products, Blumenthal sent investigators to visit about 40 stores statewide in summer 2008 and about 45 stores this summer. Stores were chosen at random.

In 2008, 10 stores were selling expired products. In summer 2009, 20 stores — including the same 10 that sold them in 2008 — had expired goods for sale.

The state’s lawsuit seeks monetary penalties for violating state consumer protection laws, as well as an order barring CVS from selling products past their expiration dates.

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REI launches first broadcast ads

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SEATTLE Recreational Equipment Inc. announced that it is revealing its first two broadcast commercials in select cities from Nov. 30 through Dec. 24.

The commercials, created by BBDO Atlanta, are designed to complement REI’s seasonal marketing “Find Out” campaign. The commercials, entitled “Tree” and “Fine Dining,” portray the outdoors as a place to build community while demonstrating that outdoor recreation is an activity everyone can enjoy.

 

“Our new ads capture the co-op’s love of the outdoors and our desire to share that love with others. We hope viewers find them inviting, fun and authentic, and that they are motivated to spend more time in the outdoors,” said Tom Vogl, REI VP marketing. “Whether taking shelter from rain while hiking through an old growth forest or sharing sandwiches at a campsite while being awestruck by the stars above, we want viewers to be inspired to experience nature firsthand.”

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Maidenform names Coty CEO to board

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ISELIN, N.J. Maidenform Brands announced that its board of directors has elected Bernd Beetz to the board. Beetz will also function as a member of the nominating and governance committee.

Since 2001, Beetz has served as the CEO of Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company with a portfolio of over 40 notable brands in 90 markets worldwide.

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