FDA warns rodent infestation could affect products in Arkansas, Louisiana

(KTAL/KMSS) — The FDA issued an alert Friday night after rodent infestations and unsanitary conditions were discovered at an Arkansas Family Dollar distribution center.

The alert applies to many different types of products purchased from January 1, 2021 until now. These products were shipped and sold to stores across Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee. These products can be contaminated and unsafe to use according to the FDA.

Some of the products included are:

  • Food products (including food supplements (vitamins, herbal supplements and minerals)
  • Cosmetics (care products, baby oils, lipsticks, shampoos, baby wipes)
  • Pet food (kibble, pet treats, wild bird seed)
  • Medical devices (feminine hygiene products, surgical masks, contact lens cleaning solutions, dressings, nasal care products)
  • Over-the-counter medications (pain relievers, eye drops, dental products, antacids, other medications for adults and children)

A complaint led the FDA to investigate the distribution center in West Memphis, Ark. From January to February 11. Inspectors found live rodents, dead rodents in various states of decomposition, rodent droppings 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, according to a statement issued Friday by the FDA.

Contamination can cause Salmonella and other illnesses that may pose the greatest risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and immunocompromised people.

Family Dollar is working with the FDA to initiate a voluntary recall.

Anyone who has purchased these products is advised to wash their hands immediately after handling them and to contact the relevant stores. Officials warn you not to use any drugs, medical devices, cosmetics or supplements purchased there.

Call a healthcare practitioner immediately if you have any concerns about handling these products.

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