CNBC dropped a bombshell of an article on Sunday, reporting on how Amazon’s third-party sellers are frequently shipping food that has long-since expired. 3PM Solutions spent over a month helping CNBC research this story, providing data and insights, and we’re pleased to see that this issue — which we have long observed in our data — is finally getting attention. The key finding from one of the analyses that we prepared for CNBC was as follows:

CNBC scanned the site’s Grocery & Gourmet category, finding customer complaints about expired hot saucebeef jerkygranola barsbaby formula and baby food, as well as six-month-old Goldfish crackers and a 360-pack of coffee creamer that arrived with a “rancid smell.” A data analytics firm that specializes in the Amazon Marketplace recently analyzed the site’s 100 best-selling food products for CNBC and found that at least 40% of sellers had more than five customer complaints about expired goods.

If you’re a brand that is wondering how this issue is impacting your customers, contact us. We have more data than CNBC had room for in the story.

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