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Reports: Baby formula in stores being replaced with flour

Posted at 6:54 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 18:54:41-04

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTXL) — Police in North Carolina are investigating after receiving reports of people replacing baby formula in stores with flour, WCNC reports.

According to the news outlet, some parents reported that their kids got ill after the tampered formulas made it back onto store shelves after being purchased by the culprits. Police told the outlet that people were likely buying formula, replacing it with flour, and then returning it for a cash refund.

"She was throwing up throughout the day, passing a lot of gas ... I just knew something was wrong," one mother told WCNC.

The baby formula was purchased at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The reports aren't isolated to North Carolina. People from several states, including Florida, have shared horror stories after their babies ingested tampered formula.

Just two months ago, a Florida mother complained on social media that the baby formula she bought wasn’t actually formula, rather a substance that looks and smells like flour. WFTS reports that after she prepared a bottle, her husband noticed that the mixture had separated, leaving a white substance on the bottom and water on the top.

“He would have drank 18 ounces of flour,” Ashley Frydrych told WFTS.

The FDA urges anyone with a food product issue to report it. You can call 1-866-337-6272 or go online and file a complaint.