Pittsburgh, Pa. – In an attempt to reduce stockroom clutter, a former VP of locally based General Nutrition Centers Inc. (GNC) allegedly told 25 executives to place expired merchandise back on store shelves and attempt to sell it.

GNC asserts that former VP Tom Dowd, a 13-year veteran who was fired in March, acted on his own behalf. The company also said that it has never been its policy to sell merchandise beyond its sell-by date.