FDA Just Confiscated 25,000 Bags of These Spices Due to "Unsanitary Conditions"
When you season beef, the last thought to cross your mind is likely something along the lines of, "Is this spice contaminated?" If anything, you're probably more apt to question the safety of the meat over your seasoning of choice. Now, there's a reason to question the spices in your cabinet—especially if you purchased them from a brand whose products were recently confiscated by the federal government.
More than 25,000 bags and boxes of spices and food additives produced by the Lyden Spice Corporation were seized in Miami by the U.S. Marshals Service on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday, Oct. 1.
According to the FDA, these food products were "exposed to widespread rodent infestation as well as other pests, such as live and dead insects." Some of the products included food additives such as MSG, as well as seasonings like crushed red chili pepper and sesame seeds.
On behalf of the FDA, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint alleging that an inspection of the Lyden Spice Corporation conducted between June 8 and June 28 of this year revealed unsanitary conditions. It added that the rodent feces in the facility were "too numerous to count on and around pallets with containers of food."
The complaint further alleged that evidence of rodent gnaw marks and urine turned up on food containers. The department claimed that the spices and food additives sourced from the Miami spice company had been adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and declared that all food products be forfeited.
"The FDA plays a critical role in safeguarding the U.S. food supply and helping to ensure that our food is not contaminated at any point during its journey along the supply chain," acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD, said in a statement.
"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. The widespread insanitary conditions found at the Lyden Spice Corporation are disturbing and won't be tolerated."
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