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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Court Orders Herbal Company to Destroy Food Contaminated With Mice Poop

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

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Finish your breakfast before you read this:

The United States Attorney has filed the official paperwork ordering the destruction of all mice-invested food products at the now shuttered San Francisco Herb & Natural Foods Co.

As readers probably would like to forget but haven't, state health officials shut down the Fremont-based food company last month after they discovered an astonishing collection of mice -- and their fecal matter -- squatting in the 150,000-square-foot warehouse.

According to the complaint:

During the inspection, investigators observed live rodents on and around food; dead rodents throughout the warehouse and in food; numerous gnawed and urine stained packages of food; live and dead insects on food and food packages; numerous rodent excreta pellets on, in, and around food products; and apparent rodent nesting materials in food.

And there was no sign that this problem would be cleared up quickly: Inspectors also observed building defects, such as gaps in exterior doors and holes leading to the outside, permitting easy pest access to the entire facility.

The San Francisco Herb & Natural Foods Co., which was celebrating its 94th anniversary of selling herb and spice teas, was shut down on July 11.

Following the discovery of this alarming rodent farm, the company issued this statement: "We hold ourselves to a high standard," the company said on Wednesday. "We believed this problem was under control, but it unexpectedly grew into a larger issue. We apologize to our loyal customers."

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