Following evidence of rats in the Natchez Walmart and its warehouse, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has issued a passing grade for the retail location.
On Tuesday, August 8, the Consumer Protection Division of MDAC received a complaint from a customer about dead rats inside the store on Sergeant Prentiss Drive.
During an August 9 inspection, officials found a loaf of bread that had been “chewed on by rodents” while noting “rodent urine smell in the warehouse where bread vendor racks are stored,” according to The Natchez Democrat. The findings resulted in a “Yellow Critical Notice” being placed on the store’s door.
On Friday, August 18, a follow-up investigation showed that there are no longer rodents in either the Walmart or its warehouse, an MDAC employee confirmed to SuperTalk Mississippi News via email.
“The Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce conducted a follow-up inspection on Friday, August 18. No issues were observed during the inspection. A ‘passed’ placard was placed at the storefront,” MDAC marketing specialist Hannah East said.
The Natchez Walmart will continue operating as normal.