Friday, January 17, 2003

DDN | FDA searching for stolen baby food
"West Chester Twp. warehouse belongs to jailed Yemeni
By Wes Hills
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Dayton Daily News

Agents for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched for adulterated or repackaged baby food in the West Chester Twp. warehouse of a Beavercreek man the FBI is investigating on suspicion of funding a terrorist....

In addition to the 100 pallets of Enfamil and Similac infant formula, Griswold said law enforcement officers also saw in their earlier search "two or three machines used to reshrink wrap products, a stamping machine that imprinted the words "use by this date," a quantity of rubbing alcohol and what appeared to be new boxes used to package infant formula."

Griswold said that "certain criminal enterprises specialize in the illegal repackaging and resale of expired infant formula. These groups typically purchase large quantities of soon-to-expire and expired infant formula then repackage it so as to appear new. On other occasions, these enterprises steal such formula."

Griswold said there is "probable cause" to believe that the warehouse held evidence of "the possible adulteration, misbranding and counterfeiting of food products." [I keep coming across of reports of baby formula theft rings tied into with possible terrorist suspects. It's a bizarre thing. Is it just me, or is this a common occurrance?? - JC]

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