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Audit says La. lax in its oversight of WIC program

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Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit says Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job of monitoring a federal nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed the Office of Public Health's administration of the program known as WIC.

The audit says OPH didn't verify grocery prices charged through the program, overpaid for food, didn't follow regulations governing the program and often didn't sanction vendors for unsanitary conditions in stores or expired products on shelves.

The Department of Health and Hospitals, which oversees OPH, requested the review of the program, which cost $126 million in the 2012 fiscal year.

In response to the findings, the health department announced Monday it is revamping its WIC oversight and changing procedures for monitoring vendors and their prices.

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