FDA seizes thousands of spices exposed to rodent infestation

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WHITE OAK, MD - JULY 20: A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters on July 20, 2020 in White Oak, Maryland. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

WHITE OAK, MD - JULY 20: A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters on July 20, 2020 in White Oak, Maryland. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

WHITE OAK, MD – JULY 20: A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters on July 20, 2020 in White Oak, Maryland. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

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Over 25,000 boxes of ready to eat spices were seized by the Food and Drug Administration following the discovery of rodents and insects in the factory. In a statement on Friday, the regulator of foodstuffs in the U.S. said the products, made by Lyden Spice, were produced in insanitary conditions.

They described how rodent feces from rats were discovered and how they were nesting between the wood in the pallets where the spices are manufactured. The FDA also said there were bird droppings surrounding the storage area.

They’re asking for all supplies of Lyden Spice products be condemned and surrendered to the agency.

Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock assured the public, “we take our responsibility 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 the safety of Americans.”

She added the insanitary conditions found at the Lyden Spice Corporation were disturbing and would not be tolerated.

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