A funeral home in Flint, Michigan, has been condemned by authorities after state inspectors observed a long list of health violations.
The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced on Tuesday that it has suspended the license of the Swanson Funeral Home as well as the individual mortuary science license of its manager, O’Neil D. Swanson, II, according to WWJ, a CBS station in Detroit.
The closure was prompted by “deplorable and unsanitary conditions,” including the presence of maggots, human blood and rotting corpses stored without refrigeration.
Maggots were found on the floor of the facility’s garage, which had no air-conditioning, and where un-refrigerated bodies were stored for up to five months. The building smelled of decomposing flesh, the station reported.
The preparation room was unsanitary and lacked equipment and supplies necessary for embalming.
The violations were discovered after a complaint was filed against the funeral home to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration in September 2015, according to the Detroit Free Press.
This establishment needs to be shut down immediately!!!” the complaint read. “The garage is consistently filled with human remains in varying stages of decomposition. These decomposing bodies (emit) foul odors into our community and is very unhealthy for us nearby residents.”
But the facility already had a lengthy history of violations, according to the newspaper. State inspectors visited it six times between June 14, 2012, and September 21, 2016, finding serious and “repeated violations” each time, the Free Press reported. It wasn’t clear why no official action was taken to close it down until this week.
LARA’s Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau issued a cease and desist order to the funeral home.
“Michigan residents trust funeral home directors, owners, and their establishments to follow the law especially when dealing with the death of a loved one,” CSCL Director Julia Dale said, according to WWJ. “We will continue to aggressively hold every funeral home in Michigan to the highest standards of public health and safety when providing final arrangements.”
Each violation could cost Swanson up to $10,000 in fines, in addition to continued suspension or revocation of the licenses, as determined by the Michigan Board of Mortuary Science Examiners, according to WJBK.
This is beyond outrageous. People expect their deceased loved ones to be treated with dignity and respect, not subjected to this funeral home of horrors.
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