USA Today this morning reports that Dollar Tree has been warned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that that it is carrying potentially unsafe drugs and cosmetics, outlining what it called “multiple violations of current good manufacturing practices at contract manufacturers used to produce Dollar Tree’s Assured Brand OTC drugs," as well as other products sold in the stores.

According to the story, "In the Nov. 6 letter to Dollar Tree CEO Gary Philbin, the FDA identifies Chinese manufacturers that failed to test products and cited an example where 'rodent feces (were) found throughout the manufacturing facility.'

"According to the FDA, Dollar Tree received prior warning letters between 2016 and 2019, including notification of letters sent to the manufacturers who were placed on 'import alert, which are used to prevent potentially violative products from being imported into the U.S. market'."

Dollar Tree has agreed to meet with the FDA, and in a statement, Randy Guiler, Dollar Tree’s vice president of investor relations, said "that the items referenced by the FDA were 'topical, not ingestible products'."

KC's View: I'm sure that it comes as an enormous comfort to Dollar Tree's customers that they are only rubbing rodent feces on their skin, as opposed to swallowing it. That makes everything so much better.

Give me a break. That is the dumbest response to a letter like the FDA's that I can imagine. To me, especially because these problems seems systemic, the only legitimate response is to take this crap off the shelves and address these problems aggressively and specifically.

"Topical, not ingestible," Jeez.