Value chain Family Dollar said Saturday that it has temporarily closed more than 400 stores after discovering rodent infestations and other unsanitary conditions at a distribution center in New York. Arkansas due to a recall of foods, supplements, and cosmetics. and other products.
A recent Food and Drug Administration inspection of the facility, in West Memphis, Ark., found live and dead rodents “in various states of decay,” rodent droppings, rodent and nesting evidence, and products stored in conditions that are not protected against these unsanitary conditions, the agency said in a statement on Friday.
A fumigation of the facility last month showed more than 1,100 rodents dead, the agency said, and a review of company records showed the collection of more than 2,300 rodents between late March and late March, the agency said. September, “proves a history of infection,” the agency said. The FDA says rodent contamination can cause salmonella and other infectious diseases.
Families rely on stores like Family Dollar to buy food, drugs, and other products, and those items must be safe, said Judith McMeekin, deputy commissioner in the agency’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. said in the statement.
“No one should have to endure the products stored in the unacceptable conditions we found in the Family Dollar distribution facility,” she said. “These conditions appear to be violations of federal law that could put the health of families at risk.”
Family Dollar said in a statement that the voluntary recall, which also includes drugs, medical devices, and pet food, including FDA-regulated products, was stored and shipped from the distribution center to 404 stores in Alabama , Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Kayleigh Campbell, a spokeswoman for Dollar Tree, said in an email Saturday that the company has “temporarily closed affected stores to conduct a competent voluntary recall,” and that stores Will reopen as soon as possible.
“We take situations like these very seriously and are committed to providing safe and quality products to our customers,” Ms. Campbell said. “We have fully cooperated with all regulators to resolve this issue and are in the process of fixing it.”
The recall includes products stored at the distribution center from the beginning of 2021 to the present. It does not apply to items shipped directly to the store from distributors or manufacturers. The Dollar family said it is not aware of reports of illness related to the recall.
“Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to immediately check their inventory, quarantine, and stop selling any affected products,” the company said in the statement. mine. “Customers who may have purchased an affected product can return it to the Family Dollar store where they purchased it without a receipt.”
The agency said the FDA investigation began in January following a consumer complaint and was completed on February 11. In its statement, the FDA said that all drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and dietary supplements should be discarded regardless of packaging. Food in undamaged glass or metal containers can still be used if cleaned and disinfected.
Family Dollar is a brand under its parent company, Dollar Tree, a fast-growing retail group with more than 16,000 stores across the United States and Canada.
Like other retailers, Dollar Tree has struggled with freight and supply chain costs during the pandemic.
Dollar tree announced in November plans to increase the price of most items in all its stores from $1 to $1.25 after successfully testing the new pricing strategy. Company officials called the decision “permanent” and not a response to current market conditions.
The company said that the price increase, which it first announced it would be testing in Septemberwill help reduce shipping and distribution costs as well as raise wages, and will allow it to bring in some products it can no longer offer at $1.
Amanda Holpuch contribution report.
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