At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals Thursday seized all FDA-regulated food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination at a Durham, North Carolina, warehouse.
The products owned by CFSD,Inc., which does business as Chan’s Food Service, were seized under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
According to the government’s complaint, the unsanitary condition of the warehouse rendered the products adulterated as defined by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The FDA said an inspection conducted from July 25 through Aug. 3, 2011 found evidence of an active and widespread rodent infestation at the warehouse warehouse. FDA investigators said they saw rodent nesting sites, numerous rodent excreta pellets on and around food products, rodent-gnawed containers of food, as well as one live and eight dead rodents near food product storage.
They said they also observed food product spills, open boxes of food, rotten food items, trash throughout the facility, and noted many potential entryways for pests, including open doors, gaps in doors, broken windows and a hole in the outside wall.
“The FDA remains vigilant in protecting consumers from unacceptable sources of food,” said Dara A. Corrigan, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, in a news release. “Today’s action reinforces that commitment. And we will continue to take actions against companies that do not meet federal standards for food safety, wholesomeness, sanitation and proper labeling.”