LA DHH does poor job monitoring WIC according to audit

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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 9:23am

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals is doing a bad job of monitoring the WIC program. That's according to the findings of a brand new audit just released by the State Legislative Auditor's Office.

WIC is a nutrition program that provides food for women and their children under the age of five. The foods they provide include infant formula, cereal, and other healthy items like milk, cheese, juice, and eggs.

Apparently DHH has not been paying enough attention to the stores in charge of handing out that food.

Vendors are overcharging, and some of them are handing out expired food. The audit shows some stores that take money for WIC foods may have gotten nearly $650,000 more than they were supposed to.

It's kind of complicated, but basically stores that were not allowed to charge more for WIC foods, based on the amount of sales they do, still did.

The audit shows at three separate sites, food items were priced as much as 35% higher than they were supposed to be.

As for expiration dates, the audit shows some stores were selling cheese that was years old, and even infant formula nine months past its expiration date.

However, these results show the WIC program needs more oversight, and people benefiting from the program need to pay more attention.

DHH agreed with the auditor's recommendations.

Click the link below to see the full report.

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