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Toddler gets food poisoning from expired formula parent says Walmart sold her

The store shelves are once again being stocked with formula, but one parent says to be sure to check dates after she was sold formula that was expired.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — One Aransas Pass mother's toddler is recovering from food poisoning after drinking expired baby formula. 

Most parents would assume that if the product is on the shelf, it isn't past due. One mother, who wanted to remain anonymous, purchased the baby formula two days ago from the Walmart in Aransas Pass, she said. 

She's hoping other parents won't have the same nightmarish experience she's dealt with. 

"He started having really bad diarrhea," she said. "I heard there was a stomach bug going around. So I just thought it was you know, the stomach bug. So we gave him some medicine for that. And then as of yesterday, around 10:30 or 11 p.m. I mean, he was just constantly vomiting. He didn't stop vomiting until eight this morning."

The label on the baby formula read "use by Oct. 19, 2021," a whole year past its expiration date. Her receipt showed she bought the formula on Oct. 25, 2022. 

Her child was sent to the ER for his symptoms. 

The parent said since the formula had been recently stocked, she assumed it was good for use. That wasn't the case.

"Check the dates, because I thought, 'oh, look, they just put it on the shelf.' So I'm thinking, 'oh, you know, they were finally stocking the shelves.' So I'm thinking in my head as a parent, 'oh, it's good.' And it was closed. It's good. And then no, it turns out it's not."

3NEWS reached out to Walmart. They told us they are looking into the incident, but in the meantime provided a statement saying: 

We will gladly work with the customer to make sure they are satisfied.

The mom did tell us that her baby is doing much better.


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