Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

October 1973


When a food product arrives at a food processing plant or a food warehouse, an additional element of concern is introduced. Under the Federal Food Drug Cosmetic Act, Chapter IV, "Food", Section 402, describes "Adulterated Food" as under A3, if it consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance, etc. A4, if it has been prepared, packed or held under unsanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth, etc. Pest birds living in or on the exterior of a food plant are there- fore just as great a concern to food plant operators as rats, mice, bat or insect infestation. Part A4 is especially noteworthy inasmuch as contamination does not have to take place. The presence of pests alone without contamination having taken place, if in the opinion of the inspector present a potential hazard, will constitute ground for Federal Citation.