WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- A warehouse in Waynesboro was cited and had its products seized for what the Food and Drug Administration calls unsanitary conditions.
Matt's Supreme Cones owns the warehouse where the FDA seized food products from two of these warehouses because of widespread rodents and insect infestation.
Augusta County Food and Environmental Health Supervisor Ken Hearst does regular health inspections and said warehouses are an easy place for pests to hide.
"There's also a lot of opportunities for pests to get in, because doors are open when they're loading and unloading," said Hearst.
When they're loading and unloading into this warehouse, there's another thing Hearst said could have flashed a red light to investigators.
"We look to see how close or far away the trash dumpster is, because that's going to be another place that can attract the pests. We prefer to not see the dumpster too close to the back door," said Hearst.
At this warehouse, the dumpster is backed right up to the loading dock.
Hearst said the Department of Agriculture is in charge of inspecting warehouses and the FDA is leading the investigation, but he follows the same protocol.
"Both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health adopted the FDA food code," said Hearst.
Hearst said warehouses like this may easily slip through the cracks.
"It may not get very many inspections. Ice cream cones are an example, it's not a food that needs to be refrigerated. It's generally a food that would not have a lot of risks associated with it's production," said Hearst.
The case is still under investigation by the FDA, no further releases have been issued, and no illnesses have been associated with these products.
WHSV reached out to the warehouse owner about the FDA's action, but he didn't want to comment.
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