The Washington Times - April 15, 2013, 12:09PM

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that a rodent infestation inside a Ridgewood, N.Y., food warehouse left conditions that couldn’t be deemed kosher under any sense of the word.

U.S. Marshals followed up an inspection by the FDA by entering the warehouse on Friday to seize food products backed by a warrant from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


Live rodents, dead rodents, gnaw holes and rodent excrement were a few of the things inspectors found in February, the FDA said.

“V.I.P. Foods housed various dried mixes and bases, such as chicken soup base, blueberry muffin mix and bread crumbs, and the conditions inside this warehouse were just deplorable,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

The warehouse commonly manufactures and distributes kosher food products under the name VIP Foods Inc., VIP, V.I.P., or KoJel, the FDA said.

The agency said no illnesses have been linked to the products.