Royce Eddington

Nothing to see here. Move along people.

Date: January 7, 2010

FDA and the US Marshals seize and shut down The Won Feng Trading Company

U.S. Marshals and the FDA late yesterday seized and shut down the Won Feng Trading Company for having food “…under unsanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth.”

If you do business with the Won Feng Trading Company, you should get ready to toss a lot of things in the dumpster.

“FDA investigators found evidence of an active and widespread rodent infestation in the building, including live and dead rodents, rodent hair, rodent nesting material, evidence of rodent-gnawed food, and rodent urine. The FDA investigators also observed insect filth and live birds in the building, and found that the building had defects that could allow pests to enter food storage areas.”

Yuck.

The Won Feng Trading Company sells their items as bulk restaurant foods, so some of their items may already be in the mainstream food supply. 44-pound bags of rice, fresh produce and frozen foods are items they sell, and were also the same items that were seized.

Every so often I hear some loon in the wilderness cry out for the FDA to be abolished. If the FDA ever does get cut, we’re in for some big problems. Because companies like this are out there. Companies that willfully disregard basic safety procedures just to save money. And even worse, companies that will sell these contaminated items, knowing full well what condition they are in, to the general public without shame.

If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. The FDA rocks.

Here’s the link to the FDA / US Marshals article.

National Emergency Battery Ingestion Phone Number

File this number under “hope you never need to call.”

In case someone swallows a battery, call…

(202) 625-3333

This is the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline.

I’m totally serious.

This phone number is slowly going mainstream and is being printed and included with certain sets of battery packs and gift sets that include batteries. You may also find this number in the fine print of newer electronics instructions and setup guides.

I called the number a few minutes ago and the operator was very professional. They are in Washington DC but will answer calls from anywhere and do everything they can to help in case of accidental battery ingestion. Collect calls are also accepted.

Of course, you should also call 911 or your local emergency services in case someone very young swallows a battery. And once a battery has been swallowed, you need to get help fast. According to poison.org… “batteries lodged in the esophagus can cause severe burns in just 2 hours! Battery removal is done with an endoscope; surgery is rarely, if ever, indicated.”

Maybe it’s a little too cautious. But having this number in my address book is just good peace of mind.

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