J and L Grocery of Alma, Arkansas was ordered by the U.S. District Court to cease distribution of all its products, namely food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics. The reason for such a measure was the insanitary conditions prevalent in and around its seven warehouses used to store FDA-regulated products. Upon inspection by the FDA in September-October 2018, it was observed that live and dead rodents, rodent nests, live cats, a dead possum, animal feces, and urine-stained products were found in and around the warehouses that housed food, medical products, and cosmetics distributed by the company. The FDA issued two ​Administrative Detention Orders and conducted a mass seizure of the company’s products. The consent decree requires J and L grocery to cease the distribution of its products until the necessary corrective actions are taken.

They will only be allowed to resume business once they implement an effective sanitation control program in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the FDA authorizes it. They have also been ordered to destroy all the seized products. The FDA is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the public health and safety by regulating the human and veterinary drugs, medical devices, food, cosmetics, and devices that emit radiation. “U.S. consumers rely on the oversight and inspection efforts of the FDA to ensure that their foods and medical products are safe. We will not tolerate insanitary conditions at facilities—like J and L Grocery— that serve U.S. consumers. Product safety at all points in the supply chain must be a high priority, and distributors have a critical responsibility to ensure products are kept safe for Americans to consume or use,” said FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless.

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