FDA FINES HAVE GONE UP... AGAIN
FDA has again increased its fines to reflect rising inflation so as of 3-17-22, all levels of fines on the illegal underage sale of age-restricted products have increased. FDA hasn't changed the first violation as a warning but keep in mind 1) not checking an under 27 year old customer's ID and 2) selling to someone underage counts as two violations which means a single compliance inspection can get you to 2 violations. The previous fine was $301, and the new fine is $320. Counting the 11-15-21 increase and the 3-15-22 increase together, FDA has raised fines by 8% attributable to inflation.
This doesn't seem like much until you get to higher violation amounts.
More details on what retailers can do to prepare for an FDA inspection can be found in our November posting here.