Santa Rosa, CA – March 18, 2019 – District
Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Raley’s, the owner and operator of
Raley’s Supermarkets, agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, resolving a consumer
protection action filed by her office in conjunction with the District
Attorneys of Sacramento, Santa Clara and Shasta Counties. The lawsuit alleged
that Raley’s illegally sold over-the-counter medications and baby food/formula to
customers beyond the manufacturers’ sell by or expiration dates. The judgment was approved and ordered by
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Christopher E. Krueger.
case stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Consumer Protection Units of
the four District Attorney’s Offices after expired products were found on store
shelves. Pursuant to the terms of the judgment, Raley’s agreed to the
imposition of an injunction requiring that they remove any of the covered
products one week prior to the expiration date, and Raley’s was ordered to pay a
total of $350,000 in civil penalties, costs, and restitution.
was cooperative and responsive when notified of the investigation. Raley’s has now
implemented a robust stock checking program to identify and remove any products
on store shelves nearing their expiration dates as a result of this action.
Attorney Jill Ravitch stated, “Our office will continue to work closely with
other agencies throughout the state to protect the consumers of Sonoma County.”
District Attorney Matt Cheever handled the matter on behalf of the Environmental
and Consumer Protection Division (ECLD) of the Sonoma County District
Attorney’s Office. Consumers may report false advertising or unfair business
practices to ECLD by calling (707) 565-5317.