Family Dollar admits to storing consumer products in ‘rodent-infested warehouse’

Family Dollar admits to storing consumer products in ‘rodent-infested warehouse

Family Dollar Stores LLC confessed on Monday to keeping food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics in unsanitary conditions in a rodent-infested Arkansas warehouse and has agreed to pay $41.675 million, the U.S. Justice Department said.

The DOJ said in a statement Monday that the company pleaded guilty to holding FDA-regulated products under insanitary conditions, related to a rodent infestation at the company’s West Memphis, Arkansas, distribution center. The company, a subsidiary of Dollar Tree Inc., entered into a plea agreement that includes a fine and forfeiture amount totaling $41.675 million, the largest-ever monetary criminal penalty in a food safety case. The plea agreement also requires Family Dollar and Dollar Tree to meet strict corporate compliance and reporting requirements for the next three years.

 

Family Dollar Stores LLC pleaded guilty today to holding food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics under insanitary conditions, related to a rodent infestation at the company’s West Memphis, Arkansas, distribution center.

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“Consumers trust that products purchased from retail stores such as Family Dollar are safe,” said U.S. Attorney Jonathan D. Ross for the Eastern District of Arkansas. “It is incomprehensible that Family Dollar knew about the rodent and pest issues at its distribution center in Arkansas but continued to ship products that were unsafe and insanitary.”


A criminal information unsealed today in federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas, charged Family Dollar with one misdemeanor count of causing FDA-regulated products to become adulterated while being held under insanitary conditions. (Fox News)

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“Consumers trust that products purchased from retail stores such as Family Dollar are safe,” said U.S. Attorney Jonathan D. Ross for the Eastern District of Arkansas. “It is incomprehensible that Family Dollar knew about the rodent and pest issues at its distribution center in Arkansas but continued to ship products that were unsafe and insanitary.”

The DOJ said that U.S. food prices have increased by 25% over the last four years, and that the Biden administration has recently taken steps to lower grocery prices and curb big-ticket mergers that risk price hikes.

According to the plea agreement, the company continued to ship FDA-regulated products from the warehouse until January 2022, when an FDA inspection revealed live rodents, dead and decaying rodents, rodent feces, urine, and odors, and evidence of gnaw (Fox News)

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Source : FOX BUSINESS

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