Rats populate much of New York City, as was illustrated by a federal food safety case settled this past Friday.

It all started in April 2022 when federal investigators checked out a meat and poultry warehouse on NYC’s Allen Street, only to discover what might’ve been the city’s best-fed rat population.

The rats consumed 43,000 pounds of meat and poultry inside the Ya Feng Trading warehouse.

Rodent droppings covered the meat containers with nesting materials, and a dead mouse was found inside a walk-in cooler. During the inspections, a rat ran up an investigator’s leg as the rodents scattered for

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As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems.

U-Can Food Trading Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

A food firm in California is on notice from the FDA for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation

In a Jan. 23

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Ron and Darlene Fields pose during their 2016 trip to Hawaii — before Ron got sick. Photo courtesy of Darlene Fields

Ron and Darlene Fields had been married for 26 years when they decided to take a “free” 12-day trip to Hawaii in fall 2016.

Ron was 62 then, and his construction business in Sarasota, FL, was really taking off. Darlene, who does paperwork for the company, had saved up credit card reward points so they could fly to Los Angeles, spend a night there and then fly to Maui for five nights before moving
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Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption.

Man sprays produce with feces-scented liquid
A Harris Teeter store in South Carolina has reopened after a man allegedly sprayed fresh produce with what is believed to be a fluid containing feces.

Described as a disgruntled employee of a third-party contractor, the 41-year-old man is in custody on trespassing and personal property damage charges. His bail is set at $100,000. The Charleston Police Department reported the man has been on trespass
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At noon Friday, when President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, Dr. Tom Frieden ceased being director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He left CDC on a day when the agency was dealing with the first known outbreak in the U.S. of Seoul Virus, a form of hantavirus, linked to pet rats.

The timing could not really be helped. It’s in the Constitution and besides, dealing with life-threatening crises is what CDC does routinely. Until the next director is named to serve at the pleasure of the president, CDC is in the hands of a
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors can be very specific when locating this problem in a food processing facility, and they tend to exit with precise counts of the evidence, such as the number of rodent excreta found at every location. These are pests that might carry foodborne pathogens, or, at a minimum, result in food becoming adulterated from insect eggs, rodent hairs and/or larva skin. http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-common-rat-image20202806There’s nothing easy about it. Take rats and mice. Rats, who have been known to chew through concrete, typically have seven litters a year. Mice have about two litters a year. In the
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Along with reports of Salmonella infection outbreaks involving contact with chicks and ducks, tiny turtles and pet frogs, add 46 cases of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- infection linked to handling rodents sold as food for pet reptiles and amphibians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its April 20 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “Notes from the Field,” says 22 states are reporting the illnesses, and that the median age of those stricken is 11 years old. More than one third of those ill are younger than 5. At least 6 case patients have been hospitalized.


Many of
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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

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