The feds have gone to court to stop a South Philadelphia poultry store from selling chickens that officials say are improperly labeled and stored under unsanitary conditions.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday it had filed a civil complaint against J&B Poultry Market, 1450 S. 7th St., after Department of Agriculture inspectors found chicken stored in unacceptable conditions, "including in the back of a pick-up truck outside, and at ambient temperatures in the store as high as 80 degrees."

The suit also names the company's president, Johnny Wong.

A man who answered the phone at the store but declined to give his name said: "We're not aware of it. We have not received anything." He was asked to call back if the store had further comment later.

The complaint says the chickens also were "misbranded" because they lacked safe handling instructions and other information required by law.

The government is seeking a permanent injunction against J&B.