MIAMI – The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, on behalf of the US Marshals Service, confiscated spices and food additives that were being held in “unsanitary” conditions at the Lyden Spice Corporation in Miami, Florida.
Investigators said in a press release that the products “have been exposed to widespread rodent infestation as well as other pests such as live and dead insects”.
The items seized included more than 25,000 boxes and bags of spices and food additives such as monosodium glutamate, crushed red chilli and sesame seeds that were on sale.
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“The FDA plays a vital role in securing the US food supply and helps ensure that our food does not become contaminated at any point in its transit down the supply chain,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock. “We take our responsibilities seriously and will continue to take action against those who threaten the safety and quality of the products we regulate as a necessary step to protect the public health and safety of Americans.
Court documents show the FDA was aware of the filthy conditions after an inspection of Lyden Spice Corporation between the 8th. They also found evidence of rodents gnawing at the feed containers and urine and rodent material between the feed pallets.
FOX Television Stations has contacted Lyden Spice Corporation for comment.
This story was told from Los Angeles.