Grocery Chain Pays Big Fine for Selling Recalled Products

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AP/The Saginaw News/Jeff SchrierA Meijer store in Birch Run, Mich.
A major supermarket chain has agreed to pay $2 million to settle federal charges alleging the company sold a dozen different products that had previously been recalled over safety issues, including some that started fires and were blamed in infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.

Meijer, which operates more than 200 stores, mainly in the Midwest, continued to sell a variety of consumer products that were branded as dangerous -- including lamps and fans that can start fires, high chairs that collapse, and an infant sling implicated in three deaths.

It's against federal law to sell a product whose recall has been announced by the CPSC. The CPSC said its investigation found that Meijer stores sold about 1,700 such items to consumers.

The privately held company, which didn't admit wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement, said that it relied on a third-party contractor to ensure that recalled products were not distributed to its stores, and believed that safeguards were in place that should have prevented the continued sale of recalled products. Meijer has agreed to put its own system in place to ensure that recalled products are removed from its stores and supply line.

Meijer stores sold the recalled products between April 2010 and April 2011, the CPSC said.

Among the recalled products Meijer sold were:
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