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Feds seize food from rodent-infested Durham warehouse

Posted August 26, 2011

— U.S. marshals have seized food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination from a Durham warehouse, authorities said Friday.

An inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from July 25 through Aug. 3 found evidence of an active and widespread rodent infestation in the Chan's Food Service warehouse on North Hoover Road, authorities said. Inspectors observed rodent nesting sites, excrement on and around food products, gnawed containers of food and live and dead vermin near the area where food was stored.

Inspectors also observed food product spills, open boxes of food, rotten food items and trash throughout the facility and noted many potential entryways for pests, including open doors, gaps in doors, broken windows and a hole in the outside wall.

A federal judge issued an order for the marshals to seize the food, determining that it was adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because it was held under insanitary conditions.

"The FDA remains vigilant in protecting consumers from unacceptable sources of food," Dara Corrigan, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement. "We will continue to take actions against companies that do not meet federal standards for food safety, wholesomeness, sanitation and proper labeling."


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  • NCishome Aug 31, 2011

    N&O has an update on this. Sounds like the owner had a problem with product received and had placed in a seperate area to be removed from warehouse.

  • krislynn97 Aug 30, 2011

    The FDA/media always exaggerates a simple inspection. They are trying to look like they are on top of their job in the eyes of the government and the public.

  • NCishome Aug 30, 2011

    Wonder it they check all food warehouses and not find the same problems. Could it be that this place is a challenge to another provider? This just does not sound right to me. There must be more to this.

  • bfortyme Aug 29, 2011

    scarletindurham WHERE DID THIS FOOD GO?!

    Chapel Hill (LOL).

  • esprg Aug 29, 2011

    That's why we should always wash of soda cans, food cans, tops of other items that may go near your mouth, etc. It's not a secret that rodents & many other things take safe keeping in warehouses. I think the Feds was looking for something else @ Chans BESIDES a rodent infested warehouse...

  • esprg Aug 29, 2011

    lol @ bigal02282

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  • snshine62d Aug 29, 2011

    I don't at chinese food period. My daughter has gotten sick a couple of times from different restaurants. I also noticed that when wral does those checks on restaurants, it seems the chinese restaurants always gets bad reviews. I know not all chinese restaurants are bad but it seems quite a few are.

  • bfortyme Aug 29, 2011

    All you can eat buffet for $9.99. And you were eating what?

  • bigal02282 Aug 29, 2011

    Well, I guess that debunks the myth that the Chinese food you are eating is CAT.....