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FDA seizes animal feed from 'filthy' conditions

Dozens of livestock and animal feed products have been seized from a Kentucky location by U.S. marshals on orders from the Food and Drug Administration, which said the products were being stored in “filth.”

A recent FDA inspection of the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc., in Florence, Ky., found live and dead mice, bird activity, and other unsanitary problems at the facility. Samples of feed confirmed the presence of rodent urine and feces and other potential sources of contamination, the FDA said.

“The FDA will not tolerate a company’s failure to adequately control and prevent filth in its facility,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA is prepared to use whatever legal means are necessary and appropriate to keep potentially contaminated products out of the marketplace.”
Federal authorities obtained a warrant from the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky to seize all FDA-regulated food products exposed to rodent and bird contamination at the facility. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they were kept in conditions in which they may have become contaminated with filth, the FDA said.

About 60 products including rabbit pellets, horse feed, and similar items were involved in the seizure. A full list of the animal feeds seized by the FDA can be found here. People who bought the seized products should not feed them to animals. The products should be discarded immediately, officials said.

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