Friday, December 12, 2008

Curious.

We had a great Mexican dinner tonight with some friends. Things have been crazy and we haven't been able to really see them so much lately, and Munchkin was super stoked about seeing her other boyfriend, who by the way might just be the most lovable little boy on this earth.

Anyway, after dinner, I had to run by the grocery store because the twins are seriously tearing through some formula right now, and I seem to always be running out. After I checked out, I glanced at my receipt and noticed that it said " Aged confirmed: over 19." My first thought was that I didn't purchase any alcohol, something must have been scanned incorrectly. Then I realized it said "19" not "21" and it was listed under the formula. Can someone shed some light as to why you must be 19 or older to purchase baby formula? Is there something in it that kids are using to get high, or make bombs? If either of those are the case, why am I giving it to my babies?

4 comments:

K-Mom said...

The only thing I can think of is that baby formula gets stolen a lot...but then people under 19 aren't the only ones capable of stealing baby formula, so I'm stumped.

Maybe they're tracking it for marketing/advertising purposes?

Michelle said...

How strange... does that mean a young teen mom can't buy formula?

I'm a Mom!..? said...

The theft thing went through my mind, I was buying at Walgreens a while back a noticed that they locked it up now, and Publix has certain brands behind a lock but again, you would think that's not limited to young people. Marketing is a good thought. I'm going to ask next time I go.

MommaDrool said...

I did a little bit of research because I was interested to know the answer...

Publix has employed this policy as part of an effort to prevent "organized retail theft." According to Food Marketing Institute (fmi.org), baby formula is in the top ten most shoplifted items and is one of the most commonly resold items that have been acquired by organized retail theft.

Basically, people steal it and resell it. To keep better track of what goes in and out of the store, and how many are purchased by each person, they have started tracking it in a similar way to when you buy OTC drugs. From what I read, theft by employees can be one of the largest issues.