"A consumer complaint prompted officials to inspect the West Memphis, Arkansas, facility in January, the FDA said in a news release. Inside the building, inspectors said they found live rodents, dead rodents in "various states of decay," rodent feces, dead birds and bird droppings.
After fumigating the facility, more than 1,100 dead rodents were recovered, officials said."
After doing restaurant liquidation for years, this doesn't surprise me at all, it's actually probably minor compared to a lot of places and they just got caught. I have seen so much gross stuff from the restaurants that it is sooo hard for me to eat anywhere. I have dealt with low and high end as well as chain restaurants and all the kitchens were extremely gross and filthy as well as contaminated with mold and rodent feces.
Not surprising. When I worked at GW, the warehouse had a bad rat problem and everyone at the stores was asked if they would go there to help clean up. Even offering gloves and masks (this was before Covid), nobody wanted to risk catching anything, rodent or disease. We've had several gaylords infested with rat and/or mouse feces at the store that came from the warehouse and were gross enough. Good reason and reminder, especially when buying clothing from thrifts, to launder/dry clean before wearing, even if it's new with tags, because you don't know what else was in the gaylord in donations.
Forgot to add- as soon as we noticed rodent feces, the gaylords were sent back for disposal, but sometimes it wasn't evident until we'd already processed stuff. Unknown what other stores did.
When one of the McDonalds went out of business near my old house in Seattle, they were tearing it down, and I happened to see the wall of the kitchen when I rode by one day - oh my gawd! The grease and dirt was incredible! They had a cyclone fence around the place but it was really easy to see. People would stop as they walked by and gaze at it in disgusted fascination. Black with grease.