Following the Vermont AG's settlement with Dollar General in June, New York Attorney General Leticia James has just announced that the discount chains Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar will now pay $1.2 million in fines and damages for selling expired over-the-counter drugs. The chains must also make significant reforms to their policies and procedures for managing their stock of OTC products, including electronic monitoring, audits and employee policies.
In addition, Dollar General must pay another $1.1 million in restitution, damages, penalties, and costs for selling obsolete motor oil, which included one brand that couldn't be used for any car built after 1930.
Like the Fishy Business Report issued by the New York Attorney's General Office late last year, this enforcement action shows that supply chain issues are in the regulator's cross hairs, particularly if consumers' health and safety are at risk.
"It’s a tough pill for New Yorkers to swallow that the over-the-counter drugs they were buying may have been expired.” New York Attorney General Letitia James