The Associated Press is reporting investigators say they found widespread rodent infestation in a suburban Chicago warehouse used to store food sold to restaurants and retailers. The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations executed a federal search warrant at the Chetak Chicago LLC warehouse. Federal authorities seized food from the Streamwood warehouse Monday. Officials say no food has been shipped from the building since Aug. 17.
Authorities say the search came after the FDA found 25 live rodents and 12 dead rodents at the warehouse between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1. The U.S. attorney’s office says investigators also spotted gnawed and urine-stained food packages at the facility. The complaint also says inspectors found structural defects within the building, including gaps in doors and the foundation, that permit easy pest access to the warehouse. They also observed debris outside the building that can harbor rodents.
Food producers at every level should be careful to remember macro-biological protections (bugs, rodents, birds). Often the focus is on microbiological (pathogens). The two are linked and both must be identified as part of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). To avoid a scenario like the once faced by Chetak food producers should include HACCP policies that address macro-biological issues.
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