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Government shuts down funeral home after finding maggots and decomposing human bodies

By Mason White 1:24 PM July 14, 2017
Casket at funeral (illustration)
Casket at funeral (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A funeral home in Michigan, has lost its license after investigators found maggots and unrefrigerated human bodies in their facility.

The Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has suspended the license of the Swanson Funeral Home, in Flint.

The action was taken after finding multiple violations of Michigan’s Health and Occupational Codes, the Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act and other state statutes.

The agency has also suspended the individual mortuary science license of its manager O’Neil D. Swanson, II.

Several investigations by state inspectors found deplorable, unsanitary conditions and violations that included maggots on the floor of the facility’s garage and garage door, unrefrigerated human bodies were stored in the unairconditioned garage, some for more than 90 days and up to five months, and the building smelled of decomposing bodies.

The facility had an unsanitary preparation room without equipment or supplies necessary for embalming. Inspectors noticed blood and fluid stained casket pillows laying in the hallway.

“The Swanson Funeral Home failed to register as a producing facility and submit a Medical Waste Management Plan, under the Medical Waste Regulatory Act.

“The funeral home had repeated violations of standards and laws enforced by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration affecting the handling, custody, care, or transportation of a dead human body,” the agency said in a statement.

“Swanson could be subject to fines of up to $10,000 for each violation of the occupational code in addition to continued suspension or revocation of the licenses, as determined by the Michigan Board of Mortuary Science Examiners,” the agency added.