U.S. Marshals seize food from warehouse

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Marshals, acting under a court order sought by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on Aug. 19 seized $859,000 worth of packaged food products from a rodent-infested warehouse operated by Mid-States Services Inc. in Athens, Ga. The products, which included crackers, cookies and potato chips, were intended for sale to jails and prisons located in the southeastern United States. According to the F.D.A., among other things the investigators found 14 live rodents, 7 dead rodents and 23 gnaw holes on multiple food containers in a period spanning from July 14 to July 21.

“This is an example of quick action by the F.D.A. and our state partner to prevent contaminated food from reaching consumers,” said Michael A. Chappell, acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The F.D.A. took this action because the company failed to provide adequate safeguards to ensure that products they produce or hold for sale remain free of contamination.”

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