U.S. Marshals, acting at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seized various food products stored in a warehouse owned by Chetak Chicago LLC, in Streamwood, Ill., on Oct. 17, 2011. The products were seized under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The FDA initiated the seizure after finding extensive evidence of unsanitary conditions throughout the warehouse during a recent inspection. Investigators collected more than 300 samples of materials showing significant unsanitary conditions, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. These conditions included live rodent and birds, rodent carcasses, gnawed product packaging, significant amounts of rodent fecal matter, rodent urine stains, and rodent nesting material.
The seized goods, which had been under an Illinois Department of Public Health embargo since Aug. 17, 2011, include peanuts, flour, rice, and other food products stored in packaging susceptible to rodent infestation.