The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers in six states to discard certain items purchased from Family Dollar stores after unsanitary conditions, including a rodent infestation, were discovered at a distribution center in West Memphis, Arkansas.
The FDA issued an alert this week instructing customers to check products purchased in Family Dollar stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee after January 1, 2021.
The alert explains inspectors found highly unsanitary conditions at the company’s distribution facility in Arkansas, including “live rodents, dead rodents in various states of decay, 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.”
Items affected by the recall include: human foods (including dietary supplements (vitamin, herbal and mineral supplements)), cosmetics (skincare products, baby oils, lipsticks, shampoos, baby wipes), animal foods (kibble, pet treats, wild bird seed), medical devices (feminine hygiene products, surgical masks, contact lens cleaning solutions, bandages, nasal care products) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications (pain medications, eye drops, dental products, antacids, other medications for both adults and children).
Consumers are advised by the FDA to discard any perishable, medical, cosmetic or supplements like vitamins. The agency also recommends washing your hands immediately after coming into contact with the products. The FDA is working with Family Dollar to get the company to issue a voluntary recall of the contaminated products.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: FORBES
Latest posts by Laura Spivak (see all)
- California increases gas tax by three cents in spite of highest gas prices in the nation - July 3, 2022
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger says Secret Service agent disputing Hutchinson testimony ‘likes to lie’ - July 3, 2022
- California to offer health insurance to undocumented immigrants starting in 2024 - July 3, 2022