The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the seizure of over $1.5m worth of food products, including herbs and botanicals, because they were stored in “filthy conditions”.
Agency investigators found that the warehouse of Tennessee-based American Mercantile Corporation was infested with rodents and insects. The company sells ingredients to the supplement and herbal tea industries.
On FDA’s request, US marshals seized all products exposed to rodent and insect contamination at the facility.
“FDA will not tolerate a company’s failure to adequately control and prevent filth in its facility,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA is prepared to use whatever legal means are necessary and appropriate to keep potentially contaminated products out of the marketplace.”