US Sues Spice Distributor Over Unsanitary Plants

Law360, New York (May 11, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government sued Tennessee-based American Mercantile Corp. on Wednesday, accusing the herb, seed and spice distributor of doing little to fix filthy conditions at its plants, despite repeated warnings and a seizure of products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA inspectors discovered cockroaches, flies, spiders, parasitic wasps, human hair, insect waste and even roof tar in and around AMC's food products during a follow-up inspection in October, according to the complaint, filed in Tennessee federal court.

"The inspection revealed that defendants had failed...
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