The FDA demonstrates an extremely low tolerance for rodent infestation in food plants. According to a press release on February 24, 2011, the agency reported seizing food products valued at $200,000 from a cold store operation in Shelbyville, Tenn.
An FDA inspection determined the presence of rodent droppings, nesting material and structural defects allowing entry of rodents to food storage areas. The FDA took action after determining that violations at the company were “widespread and significant,” according to Dara A. Corrigan, the associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at the FDA.
“The enforcement action was taken because the company failed to provide adequate safeguards to insure that product they produced are wholesome and free of contamination,” stated Corrigan.