Federal officials seize unsanitary spices and food additives from Florida warehouse

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Posted: October 1, 2021 at 4:25 p.m. EDT|Update: 10 hours ago

SPRING SILVER, Md., October 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The United States Food and Drug Administration today announced that on behalf of the agency, the US Marshals Service has made a massive seizure of FDA-regulated spices and food additives and intended for sale under unsanitary conditions. Specifically, these food products have been exposed to widespread infestation of rodents as well as other pests, such as live and dead insects.

The seizure was made today at Lyden Spice Corporation in Miami, Florida. Food items seized from the site include more than 25,000 boxes / bags of spices and ready-to-eat bulk food additives, such as MSG, crushed red pepper and sesame seeds.

“The FDA plays a vital role in protecting the United States food supply and helping to ensure that our foods are not contaminated at any time during their journey through the supply chain,” said the acting commissioner of the FDA. Janet Woodcock, MD “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 safety of Americans. The widespread unsanitary conditions found at Lyden Spice Corporation are disturbing and will not be tolerated. “

The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint on behalf of the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging that food products at Lyden Spice Corporation’s facilities are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and requesting that food products be condemned and confiscated at United States.

Complaint Alleges FDA Inspection of Lyden Spice Corporation between June 8 and June 28, 2021, revealed unsanitary conditions, including rodent droppings too numerous to count on and around pallets with food containers, evidence of rodent gnawing and urine on the food containers, and safety equipment. rodent nesting between food pallets. FDA investigators also observed live and dead insects on food packaging, as well as apparent bird droppings in the food storage area.

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