Rodent Infestation at Family Dollar Facility Leads to Recalls at 400 Stores

A rodent infestation was uncovered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at a Family Dollar distribution facility in Arkansas, leading to a voluntary recall of items at over 400 stores.

A compliant filed by a consumer was made that prompted officials to inspect the facility in West Memphis, Arkansas in January, says the FDA.

Inside, inspectors say they found live rodents, dead rodents in "various states of decay," rodent feces, dead birds and bird droppings.

"No one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions that we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility," says Judith McMeekin, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs.

Products that are part of a voluntary recall include food, pet food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, medical devices, and over-the-counter medications that were purchased from Family Dollar in the months of January and February from stores in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Texas.

Family Dollar says there are 404 stores that may have sold contaminated products, according to a new release they issued.

The company says they have not been made aware of "any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall."

"Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product. Customers that may have bought affected product may return such product to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without receipt," the company said.

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