I am seething as I write this. I cannot believe the negligence of Ralphs.
I read yesterday that Abbott had issued a recall of five million cases of Similac formula because of beetle contamination (gross!). We supplement Charlie with Similac, so I checked our current box, and sure enough, it was on the list.
I went to Ralphs this morning to exchange it. The cashier told me that she’d heard about the recall and that I could grab a new box in the baby care aisle. I asked her if I needed to do anything else (this being my first recall return), and she said no and wished me a nice day.
It wasn’t until I got in the car that I thought to check the Similac website to ensure this new box wasn’t on the recall list. IT WAS. When I returned to the store, the cashier told me the staff hadn’t replaced the current boxes yet – something she didn’t think to check until after I had left the store with the carton of beetle guts I intended to feed my child.
First of all, this is something that should have dawned on her while I was in the store. Secondly, are you fucking kidding me that Ralphs hadn’t replaced contaminated formula that was recalled YESTERDAY?!?!?! This is my child’s health we’re talking about. I can’t begin to describe how unacceptable this is.
I just sent very a cutting complaint to the corporate office. You know, I carry enough guilt that I don’t produce enough breast milk for Charlie, and I depend on businesses like Ralphs to ensure my son is getting the safest product available.