2019/10/20/Amazon is shipping expired food
- when: 2019/10/20
- author: Annie Palmer
- source: CNBC
- topics: Amazon.com food safety
- link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/20/amazon-is-shipping-expired-baby-formula-and-other-out-of-date-foods.html
- title: Amazon is shipping expired food, from baby formula to old beef jerky, scaring consumers and putting big brands at risk
- summary: “...items are arriving spoiled and well past their sell-by date, Amazon customers say. Interviews with brands, consumers, third-party sellers and consultants all point to loopholes in Amazon’s technology and logistics system that allow for expired items to proliferate with little to no accountability.”
The headline implies that Amazon itself is shipping these items from its warehouse, but the text implies that most or all of the problematic reports are coming from third-party sellers. It's not clear whether they're using Amazon's warehouses to ship, or doing the shipping themselves.
While it's still not okay if it's third parties doing their own shipping, there do at least exist accountability mechanisms within Amazon Marketplace to penalize merchants who don't have good quality control.