Local Family Dollar stores are temporarily closed after a consumer complaint prompted FDA officials to inspect the business’s West Memphis Distribution Center facility in the end of January of this year.

Recently, the the FDA said, “Family Dollar ceased distribution of products within days of the FDA inspection team’s arrival on-site and the inspection concluded on February 11th.”

More than 1,000 rodents were found inside a Family Dollar distribution facility in Arkansas, the US Food and Drug Administration recently stated as the chain issued a voluntary recall on items purchased from hundreds of stores across the US south.

Inspectors had found live rodents, dead rodents in “various states of decay”, rodent feces, dead birds and bird droppings. After fumigating the facility, more than 1,100 dead rodents were recovered, officials said.

“No one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions that we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility,” said Judith McMeekin, associate FDA commissioner for regulatory affairs.

After being contacted by representatives with the FDA, Family Dollar, Inc. is initiating a voluntary retail level product recall of certain products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that were stored and shipped to 404 stores from Family Dollar Distribution Center 202 in West Memphis, Arkansas from January 1, 2021 through the present due to the presence of rodents and rodent activity at Family Dollar Distribution Center 202.

This product recall includes products sold in stores locally throughout the River Valley, including stores located in Russellville, Atkins, Danville, Morrilton, and Clarksville. On Sunday, February 20th, the Russellville and Atkins Family Dollar stores were closed to customers but store employees were present at both businesses. At this time, it is unknown how long the stores will remain closed.

There are numerous hazards associated with rodents including the potential presence of Salmonella. Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Use or consumption of affected products may present risk of illness due to the potential presence of Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant persons, persons with pre-existent pathology (e.g., patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatments, organ transplant recipient, etc.) and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella may have no symptoms, but also may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

To date, Family Dollar is not aware of any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall.

Products covered by this retail level recall include all: drugs; medical devices; cosmetics; dietary supplements; and human and animal (pet) food products. The recall does not apply to products shipped directly to the stores by the distributor or manufacturer, such as all frozen and refrigerated items. The recall only includes 404 store locations primarily located in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Tennessee.

Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product. Customers that may have bought affected product may return such product to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without receipt.

Customers with questions regarding this recall may contact Family Dollar Customer Service at 844-636-7687 between 9am and 5pm EST. Customers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products. Customers with concerns about their pets who have eaten the recalled animal food products should contact their veterinarian.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products may be reported to the FDA as follows:

This voluntary retail level recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.