October 22, 2012

U.S. Marshals Seize Rodent Infested Food

U.S. Marshals Seize Products of Rodent-Infested Fremont Food Company

The U.S. Marshals Service, acting on the order of a federal court, seized food products Tuesday made by a Fremont food company infested with rodents, federal prosecutors said.

The product seizure at the San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company warehouse occurred after prosecutors filed a complaint in a San Francisco court, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said.

From July 3-16, federal and state officials inspected the warehouse at 47444 Kato Road and discovered a widespread pest infestation, including live and dead rodents and insects on and around food; rodent nesting materials in food; urine-stained packages of food; and rodent excrement pellets on and in food, prosecutors said.

The company has been closed since July 11.

The U.S. Marshals Service will destroy the seized food products if no one tries to claim them after 30 days, authorities said.

The joint investigation is being conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch.

George Williams,
General Manager - Staff Entomologist


Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA