FDA warns consumers not to use certain Family Dollar products in 6 states after discovering more than 1,000 dead rodents at plant

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Several products bought at Family Dollar shops in six states are being voluntarily recalled, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The recall was issued after the administration stated it discovered more than 1,000 dead rodents after a fumigation at a distribution facility in Arkansas.

The recall impacts shops in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, and products bought between January 1, 2021, and at this time.

The recall contains, however is not restricted to: 

  • FDA-approved dietary dietary supplements
  • Cosmetics, together with skincare products, child oils, lipsticks, shampoos and child wipes
  • Animal meals, together with kibble, pet treats and wild chicken seed
  • Medical units, together with female hygiene products, surgical masks, contact lens cleansing options, bandages and nasal care products
  • Over-the-counter medicines, together with ache medicines, eye drops, dental products, antacids and different medicines for each adults and youngsters.

The FDA stated it started an investigation into the West Memphis, Arkansas, distribution facility after receiving a client criticism in January. Inspectors discovered dwell rodents, dead rodents, “rodent feces and urine, evidence of gnawing, nesting and rodent odors throughout the facility, dead birds and bird droppings, and products stored in conditions that did not protect against contamination,” the FDA stated. After fumigating the ability, more than 1,100 dead rodents had been found. 

Between March and September of final year, the company’s inside information confirmed it discovered more than 2,300 rodents in the ability, the FDA stated.

Days after inspectors arrived at the ability, distribution was stopped. The FDA says it concluded its investigation on February 11.

Family Dollar stated in an announcement that it’s not conscious of any studies of sickness associated to the recall. 

“Families rely on stores like Family Dollar for products such as food and medicine. They deserve products that are safe,” Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judith McMeekin stated in the FDA’s assertion. “No one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions that we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility.” 

If you got any of those products, you might be suggested to not use them and to throw them out, the FDA stated. Food in sealed containers is protected to use however needs to be totally washed. Once you wash the meals’s container, you need to totally wash your fingers as properly.

Rodent contamination could cause salmonella and infectious illness. Anyone who bought these products and experiences well being issues ought to contact a well being care skilled straight away, the FDA stated. 

Sophie Reardon

Sophie Reardon is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]