FDA inspection at Arkansas Family Dollar facility leads to 1100 dead rats found following a January consumer complaint as company issues recall. But questions prevail.
So much for health inspections … More than 1,000 rodents were found inside a Family Dollar distribution facility in Arkansas, the FDA announced Friday as the chain issued a voluntary recall affecting items purchased from hundreds of stores in the South.
A consumer complaint prompted officials to inspect the West Memphis, AK, facility in January, the FDA said in a news release. Inside the building, inspectors said they found live rodents, dead rodents in ‘various states of decay,’ rodent feces, dead birds along with bird droppings.
After fumigating the facility, more than 1,100 dead rodents were recovered, officials said.
‘No one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions that we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility,’ said Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judith McMeekin.
The FDA said it is working with Family Dollar to begin a voluntary recall of affected products.
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Those products include human food, pet food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, medical devices and over-the-counter medications that were purchased in January or February from Family Dollar stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Tennessee.
Family Dollar said it was ‘not aware of any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall’. Nonetheless, the discount vendor listed 404 stores that might have sold products from the contaminated facility.
‘Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product,’ the company said.
‘Customers that may have bought affected product may return such product to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without receipt.’
Not immediately clear is how the state of decay came to manifest itself ongoing and what measures had been in place, if any.