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The US Food and Drug Administration, on behalf of the US Marshals Service, confiscated condiments and food additives held in “madness” conditions at the Leiden Spice Corporation in Miami, Florida, on Friday.

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the investigators said in a news release That the products were exposed to “extensive rodent infestation as well as other pests, such as live and dead insects.”

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The confiscated products included more than 25,000 boxes and bags of spices and food additives such as monosodium glutamate, crushed red pepper and sesame that were about to go on sale.

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“The FDA plays a vital role in protecting the American food supply and helping to ensure that our food is not contaminated at any point during the journey along the supply chain,” said FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock. “We take our responsibility seriously and will continue to take action against those who threaten the safety and quality of the products we regulated as an essential step to protect the public health and safety of Americans.

Court documents show that the FDA discovered dirty conditions after an inspection of Leiden Spice Corporation between June 8 and June 28, 2021, where officials found numerous rodent feces on and around pallets with food containers. They also found evidence of rodent munching on food containers and rodent nesting material between urine and food bars.

Granthshala television stations have contacted Leiden Spice Corporation for comment.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.