WHITE OAK, MD - JULY 20: A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters on July 20, 2020 in White Oak, Maryland. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

FDA seizes thousands of spices exposed to rodent infestation

Over 25,000 boxes of ready to eat spices were seized by the Food and Drug Administration following the discovery of rodents and insects in the factory. In a statement on Friday, the regulator of foodstuffs in the U.S. said the products, made by Lyden Spice, were produced in insanitary conditions. 

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 carry a “heavier viral load” if infected with the disease than those who are unvaccinated. Scientists have found that vaccinated people who get so-called breakthrough infections can carry about the same amount of coronavirus as those who did not receive the shots, not more. (NIAID-RML via AP)

CDC: New COVID cases have fallen by 20% in past week

New coronavirus cases have fallen by 20 percent in the past week. According to CDC data, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday was at 107,600 compared with 128,700 the week prior. Deaths have also fallen with the CDC reporting a seven-day average of just over 1,400.