Amazon Acquires Whole Foods, Fakes and Expired Foods Become a Problem

Amazon acquired Whole Foods, since then, many people went to Amazon to buy groceries. But Amazon has a big problem now: more and more fakes and unsafe goods. The same problem exists with groceries, such as Amazon actually sells expired food.

Amazon customers say that from baby milk powder to coffee creamer, from beef jerky to oatmeal, when the food arrives, it sometimes deteriorates and expires. Foreign media interviewed brands, third-party vendors, and consultants. They believe that there are loopholes in Amazon’s technology and logistics systems, making expired foods available. Some people express concern that they worry that as the Amazon market expands, the problem will become more and more serious.

Digital analytics companies surveyed Amazon’s marketplace and analyzed the top 100 best-selling foods. With 40% of these sellers having problems, and at least five of each customer complains that food was out of date. Why is this happening? Clearance sale and clearing warehouses may be the source of the problem. These clearance foods eventually sell.

In 2017, Starbucks closed the Teavana tea shop. Many stores purchased discounted tea items from Starbucks and then resold them through Amazon. Today, we can also buy Teavana products from Amazon, such as rock sugar and fruit tea. One customer commented that these teas have a particularly unpleasant chemical odour. Which may be that the fruit has deteriorated. A seller at Amazon said that if you ask Amazon about the expiration of Teavana products, it is often ignored.

Nestlé has the right to sell Starbucks coffee and tea, including Teavana goods, which refused to respond. An Amazon spokesperson says that the products sold on the site must comply with laws, regulations, and Amazon policies. Third-party vendors must provide a shelf life for food sold on Amazon, with a minimum of 90 days remaining.

However, food safety experts believe that the Amazon policy has big problems. Thomas Gremillion, head of food policy at the US Consumers Union, says: “Is there a policy in place? We can’t find any evidence. Some sellers may risk selling expired items, and Amazon caught it. Then clean up and the merchants then sell.”

There are many problems, some foods are not fresh, and they will expire in a few days when they are received. The Amazon website Fiji water is very popular. It is a featured product. Some users commented that the water they received was tap water. In February of this year, Angie Atkinson bought a box of Land O’Lakes Half & Half cream from Amazon. After opening it, it was found that each box was condense and the production date expire..

Investigators bought a bunch of expired food from Amazon to keep Amazon’s attention,. Amazon says that they would take appropriate action to ensure that the goods being sell meet the standards. Company also said that these incidents are isolated incidents, do not require legal measures for merchants, and do not need to remove any merchandise.

Amazon said that around the product quality and security issues, customers will provide more than 22 million feedbacks per week. It will use manpower and AI to monitor this feedback. If the seller violates the policy, Amazon will remove the goods, or suspend the seller’s account.

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