A woman walks past a Family Dollar store December 11, 2018 in New York’s Brooklyn borough.
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Discount chain Family Dollar is voluntarily recalling several of its products that were shipped to more than 400 stores in the South after a US Food and Drug Administration investigation found a rodent infestation at a distribution center in Arkansas.
In addition to the recall, Family Dollar also temporarily closed 404 affected locations on Saturday, according to data. New York Times. The spokeswoman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The FDA said in a press release Friday that it recently inspected a facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, after it received a consumer complaint. According to the agency, regulators have found live and dead rodents “in varying degrees of decay.” They also found “rodent faeces and urine, evidence of rodent nibbling, nesting and odor throughout the facility, dead birds and bird droppings, and food stored in conditions not protected from contamination.”
The agency said more than 1,100 dead rodents were found after fumigation at the site in January 2022. Regulators also uncovered what turned out to be a “contagion story,” the report said. An analysis of the company’s internal records showed that more than 2,300 rodents were collected from March to September last year.
“No one should be exposed to products stored in unacceptable conditions that we found at this Family Dollar distribution center. These conditions appear to be violations of federal law that could endanger the health of families,” Deputy Regulatory Commissioner Judith. This is stated in McMeekin’s statement. According to the FDA, rodent infestation can cause salmonellosis and other infectious diseases. Family Dollar said it was not aware of any reports of illness related to the recall.
Family dollar says in the release Friday that the products affected by the recall include all medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and human and animal nutrition products that were stocked and shipped from the hub to 404 stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The warning applies to purchases at Family Dollar stores in these six states from January 1 this year through the present. Items shipped directly to the store by a distributor or manufacturer are not included. The review also does not apply to any other locations.
“Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to immediately check their stock, quarantine and stop selling any affected product. Customers who may have purchased an affected product may return such product to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without a receipt,” the company said in a statement.