(NEXSTAR) – U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers in six states that several products found in Family Dollar stores between January 1, 2021 and the present could be potentially dangerous. The warning comes after FDA inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions – including living and dead rodents – in West Memphis Family Dollar, Arkansas, a distribution facility.
Consumers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee are advised not to use a variety of Family Dollar products, including food, cosmetics, pet food, medical devices and over-the-counter medications.
More than 1,100 dead rodents have been found at the site where these items may have originated.
If you believe you have purchased these items, you are asked to contact the Family Dollar, discard these items and wash your hands immediately after using them. The FDA says some foods in impermeable packaging (such as undamaged glass or all-metal cans) may be suitable for use. with proper cleaning / disinfection.
Consult a physician or physician if you experience health problems after working with these products, the FDA urges.
The administration says a consumer complaint sparked an investigation into the facility in West Memphis in January. Inspectors say they found “live rodents, dead rodents in various rotting conditions, feces and urine of rodents, signs of rodents, nesting and smelling rodents throughout the facility.”
Inspectors also say they found dead birds and bird droppings.
“Families are hoping for stores like Family Dollar, for products like food and medicine. They deserve safe products, “said Deputy Regulatory Commissioner Judith McMikin.” No one should be exposed to products stored in such unacceptable conditions as we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility. “We can continue to work to protect consumers.”
The FDA says it is working with Family Dollar to initiate a voluntary product recall.
The administration also says a review of the company’s internal records revealed a collection of more than 2,300 rodents between March 29 and September 17, 2021, which “demonstrates a history of infection”.