Food Bank ordered to clean warehouse where mice were found

April 04, 1997|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

The federal Food and Drug Administration has ordered the Maryland Food Bank to correct conditions that led to the discovery of four live mice, three dead mice and a live bird in the food bank's large warehouse at 241 N. Franklintown Road.

In a March 5 "warning letter" to the food bank, based on a random inspection Feb. 5 to 7, the FDA also said it found "evidence of rodent gnawing," some rodent droppings and food spillage.

All were termed violations of food-holding provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

No sanctions were ordered. William Ewing, executive director of the private, nonprofit food bank, said it "has always had rigid inspections for pests" and acted immediately to remedy the conditions with more frequent and closer inspections.

FDA spokesman Leonard Genova said, "The folks at the food bank have been very cooperative. We're not looking to close them down. We're working together. They are working to clean up and prevent this in the future."

Pub Date: 4/04/97

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