US marshals have seized food products held at a facility of Bedford Cheese Store after officials discovered a “rodent infestation”.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, an investigation of the Shelbyville, Tennessee, premises uncovered rodent faeces, rodent hair, rodent nesting material, and building defects that could allow rodents and other pests to enter food storage areas at the site.

Products seized included cheese, frozen foods, pastas, salad dressings, prepared salads, soups, and various bulk ingredients.

“The violations at Bedford Cheese are widespread and significant,” Dara Corrigan, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said. “This enforcement action was taken because the company failed to provide adequate safeguards to ensure that products they produce or hold for sale remain free of contamination.”

In a written response to the FDA following the inspection, Bedford Cheese said it would clean up the facility. However, the FDA said that company had failed to complete all corrective actions.