FDA is Cracking Down on Walmart, Kroger, 7-Eleven, and Other Stores for This Reason

02:54 04/15/2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on many stores for selling tobacco to minors.

The FDA has threatened Walmart WMT , Kroger, and many convenience store chains for illegally selling tobacco to minors with letters. The agency said that it will fine the retailers if they do not stop.

Other retailers that were threatened by the agency and received letters were 7-Eleven, BP, Casey’s General Stores, Chevron, Citgo, Exxon, Marathon Petroleum, Shell and Sunoco.

The FDA has given the companies 30 days to submit a detailed plan describing how they will mitigate illegal tobacco sales to minors.

“Retailers in particular are on the front lines of these efforts to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use and nicotine dependence,” the FDA said.

“Because tobacco use is almost always initiated and established during adolescence, early intervention — including making sure tobacco products aren’t being sold to minors —is critical.”

'The new retailer letters are part of #FDA's continued actions as part of its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and the agency's ongoing commitment to combat youth access to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes,' FDA spokesperson Jennifer Rodriguez tweeted.

“Violating the law preventing sales of tobacco products to minors, and paying associated fines and penalties, should not simply be viewed as a cost of doing business,” the FDA said.

The letters, which were dated April 5th, had been sent to retailers with high violation rates.

Walmart had a violation rate of about 17% while 7-Eleven had a rate of about 25%. BP and Citgo had violation rates of 35%.


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