Pet Food Ingredient Supplier Warehouse Seized by FDA
More than $1.5 Million of adulterated pet and people food ingredients were seized at the American Mercantile Corporation of Memphis, TN. The FDA found extensive rodent and insect infestation throughout the warehouse; furthermore, the company failed to correct problems.
The FDA announced May 7, 2009, U.S. Marshals seized more than $1.5 million worth of food products stored at the warehouse of American Mercantile. American Mercantile, stores and process food ingredients, which are sold to and used in human and animal products. http://www.fda.gov…
NPICenter.com reports “Connections to food and pet companies may warrant further investigation.” NPI Center also states that American Mercantile has links to pet and equine foods (though no specific pet food companies were mentioned). http://www.npicenter.com…
The FDA has no reports of illness associated with consumption of the products.
Improper warehousing is just one more concern pet parents face. Always inspect the bag and/or can of cat food or dog food before you purchase. Avoid purchasing foods with soiled packaging, torn packaging, or dented cans. When you open every bag or can, notice the smell and appearance of the pet food. Any changes of color or smell could indicate a problem with the food; if you have any doubts, return it to the store for a refund.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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