Dollar Tree said Tuesday it had received a request from a federal grand jury issued by the Eastern District of Arkansas to raise rats in one of its family dollar warehouses. Submission comes after a. 22-page FDA inspection report Revealed offensive details about the facility, such as issues ranging from “four rats on a conveyor belt” to falling rats “too many to count.”
Dollar Tree, the parent of Family Dollar, said it intends to cooperate with the subpoena and any related investigations. The subpoena requested information regarding pests, documents and records, hygiene and compliance with certain procedures and practices. Company filing March 15 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Family dollarsMore than 1,000 dead rats were found at one of its distribution facilities in February.
The Food and Drug Administration voluntarily recalled a number of products sold at family dollar stores in six states. Said Last month. Already, the infection has proved costly, Dollar Tree said, with product returns and store closures costing 34 million. It also revealed in its March 15 filing that it faces at least nine proposed class action lawsuits on infection and return.
The FDA report states that the company has been aware of the presence of rats in West Memphis, Arkansas, since at least January 2020. In October 2021, a fire drill sent “dozens of rats” around the facility due to loud noises. The agency said.
In an email in response to the FDA report, a Dollar Tree spokesman said the company “takes it very seriously and [is] We are committed to providing safe and quality products to our customers, “he said.” We are working closely with all regulatory agencies to resolve this issue and are in the process of resolving this issue. “
The FDA confirmed the veracity of the inspection report.
Neil Saunders, managing director of Global Data, retailer, said in a report that convenience issues could damage the reputation of the family dollar among consumers.
“We see the situation in this regard because we think it indicates a broader downturn in the operation of the family dollar and a desire to cut corners,” Sanders wrote. “While no one expects a dollar store to be a palace, consumers rightly want basic hygiene and safety standards to be adhered to.”
Among the problems found by FDA inspectors at the facility are:
- Convenient live rats and “dead rats from different states of origin”, including the place where the food was stored.
- “The carcass of a rat on a palette” with Hungarian Jack cheese cheese scalloped potatoes.
- Numerous “rat exhaust pellets” are found on numerous food palettes, including Connor Chicken Flavor Rice & Pasta Blend, Connor Pasta Alfredo, Graffiti Tiffy, Chestnut Hill Self Rising Floor, BiGS Taco Supreme Flavored Sunflower Seeds and Jell. O brand-like products. Instant Chocolate Jelly
- “Several (not less than 5) rats climb on the rack and through the palette of potato chips.”
- Many products that were bitten by rats, such as tubs of Italian pistachios and vanilla dospeed, contained “Gnu Holes”.
- There was also evidence of rats in some pet food products, including dog holes in dog and cat food bags.
- Rat drops were also found on personal care items such as crust toothpaste and Listerine mouthwash.
The FDA report states that the company lacks a system for tracking reports from its stores that receive contaminated products from distribution centers. He also said that a store found a box containing a “live big rat”.
Dollar Tree said the distribution center was open but working on “limited capacity.” The spokesman said that at the moment, it is slowly reopening stores that it had closed due to convenience issues, but has no timetable at the moment.
The spokesman said: “The facility does not currently ship FDA-administered products, such as packaged human and animal (pet) food, drug products, dietary supplements, medical devices and cosmetics.” ۔ “We are working on a reform plan.”