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U.S. Marshals Seize Food at Two VA Firms, Citing Rodent and Insect Infestations

U.S. Marshals have seized food at two Virginia companies after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the premises were infested with rodents and insects. The seized food was removed  from Gourmet Provisions, LLC, and Royal Cup, Inc., under warrants issued by the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia. FDA initiated the action on Sept. 16.

During the most recent inspection, FDA investigators found widespread rodent and insect activity, unclean equipment and structural defects. Effective measures had not been taken to exclude insects and rodents from the facility and to protect food products and food contact surfaces from contamination.

“These companies have a responsibility for the safety and quality of their products,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “When firms do not uphold this responsibility, the FDA will take actions that demonstrate its commitment to assuring consumers that foods they buy are prepared, packaged, and held under sanitary conditions.”

Some of the seized goods had been under an embargo by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The two businesses are located on the same premises in Waynesboro, VA. Gourmet Provisions manufactures and packages ice cream cones and stores other finished food products in its warehouse. Royal Cup stores coffee service items in a separate area within the Gourmet Provisions warehouse. Gourmet Provisions does business as Matt’s Supreme Cones.

To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products. Illnesses or adverse events related to use of these products should be reported to FDA at caers@fda.hhs.gov or by calling 240-402-2405.

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