By Virginia B. Hargrove
Wasn't selling expired baby food always illegal? Apparently not. Until the dawning of 2012, it was apparently legal for retailers to sell expired baby food and baby formula in California. Unless parents checked the expiration dates, retailers were allowed to sell old baby food and formula. Seriously.
Moreover, there's no federal law against selling expired baby food or formula so unless your individual state enacts such a law, you're on your own.
While there's a requirement that the expiration date is visible, it can still be sold past that date. So parents who might otherwise have trusted their neighborhood stores not to sell old products, especially those meant for their baby, should add checking those dates to the list of things that they already need to do.
It's not like parents of infants don't have enough to worry about.
California isn't the only state that that enacted some "it's about time" laws. Here is a list of other laws that became effective January 1st, 2012:
1. In California and Illinois, kids can be suspended or expelled for cyber-bullying.
2. In California, people can't walk around openly waving handguns.
3. In California, the purchase of alcohol at self-serve check-outs is prohibited.
4. In Colorado, coaches will be required to bench players as young as 11 when they're believed to have suffered a head injury and the players will need medical clearance to return to play. At least a dozen other states have enacted similar laws with the support of the National Football League.
5. In Illinois, those under 18 will have to wear seat belts in taxis for school-related purposes.
6. Nevada will toughen up it's driving and texting law and Pennsylvania joins the states who already have such a law with one of their own.
These make common sense to us. What about you?
Do you know of any new laws enacted in your state that made you think, "wasn't that already a law?"
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