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Hundreds of Family Dollar stores closed after health agency recovers 1,110 dead rodents from warehouse

Family Dollar chain has temporarily closed more than 400 stores due to a rodent infestation at an Arkansas warehouse, multiple outlets reported.

In a statement Family Dollar said it was initiating a voluntary recall of several categories of products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 404 stores due to the presence of rodents at an Arkansas distribution facility.

In its own statement, the FDA said products purchased from stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee may be unsafe.




The statement said inspectors found live and dead rodents “in various states of decay;” rodent feces and urine; evidence of gnawing, nesting and rodent odors and dead birds and bird droppings; and products stored in conditions that did not protect against unsanitary conditions.

The health agency also said it has recovered 1,110 dead rodents from the facility following fumigation in January. A review of records also shows a collection of more than 2,300 rodents from late March to September.

“Families rely on stores like Family Dollar for products such as food and medicine. They deserve products that are safe,” FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judith McMeekin said in a statement.



“No one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions that we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility. These conditions appear to be violations of federal law that could put families’ health at risk. We will continue to work to protect consumers.”

The FDA-regulated products affected include dietary supplements, skincare products, baby oils, lipsticks, shampoos, baby wipes, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) medications that were sold in stores beginning in January 2021.