The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising consumers not to eat (and retailers/distributors not to sell) any foods produced by Charley’s Food Design, Inc., also known as Charley’s Chips Company, of Wyoming, MI.

The products were produced in a unlicensed facility that was not inspected by MDARD and all finished products and ingredients have been placed under seizure due to insanitary conditions at the processing facility.

MDARD spokesperson Jennifer Holton stated “He was living in the facility, there was bedding and a recliner and we also found dog hair and filth, etc. on different sites,” in reference to the facility and the owner, according to WOOD.

Products covered by this advisory include all products and sell-by dates produced by Charley’s Food Design, Inc., including:

  • Charley’s Fresh Tortilla Chips
  • Charley’s Gourmet Salsa
  • Charley’s House Blend Seasonings

The products were sold at several locations in West Michigan and possibly statewide. Retail and distribution locations where the products have been located include but are not limited to:

  • Bridge Street Market, Grand Rapids
  • Byron Center Meats, Byron Center
  • Changing Thymes, Grandville – Chicago Drive location
  • D & W Fresh Market/Knapp’s Corner, Grand Rapids
  • Green Acres Farm Market, West Olive
  • Horrock’s Market, Kentwood
  • Paula’s Market, Grand Rapids
  • Sunrise Foods (distributor), Grand Rapids

MDARD is working with the company to obtain a complete distribution list. Products may be offered for sale at other locations.

If you have purchased any products produced by this company, do not eat them. Dispose of the products or return them to the place of purchase. If you have consumed any of these products and feel ill, seek medical attention immediately.

Food retailers and distributors are asked to check their inventory for any products made by Charley’s Food Design, Inc. (also known as Charley’s Chips Company, of Wyoming, MI) to remove and hold the products in a safe place away from any sales areas and to contact your MDARD food inspector.

Under the Michigan Food Law, MDARD is charged with the responsibility of licensing and inspecting food manufacturing facilities and retail food establishments to assure a safe and wholesome food supply. Foods offered for sale at stores must be made in licensed and inspected facilities. This facility was neither licensed nor inspected. MDARD found conditions at the facility that are considered insanitary.

Questions may be directed to the MDARD Customer Service Center at 800-292-3939, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

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