Customer freaks out over frozen food item being sold in supermarket

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TEMPLE CITY, Calif. – Unusual items for sale in the frozen foods area of supermarket in Los Angeles has county health officials taking action.

LA County Health Department told Fox 5 Wednesday they are investigating the claim Metro Supermarket on Temple City Boulevard was selling frozen dead raccoons.

The market sells entire frozen raccoon bodies in plastic bags for $9.99 per pound, CBSLA reported. Employees of the market told the TV station raccoon is a delicacy in China.

Cell phone video of the bagged raccoons for sale in the supermarket’s frozen section was posted on YouTube by Christina Dow.  She expressed her distaste for the unusual meat and reported it to the health department.

LA County Health Department released a statement about the sale of raccoon in California:

“In general, a raccoon would be considered a game animal under the California Health and Safety Code and could be sold, as long as it is from an ‘approved source’ and not  listed as an endangered  or threatened animal by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or is listed in 50 C.F.R. 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.”

After the inspectors visit, the market told CBSLA they halted sales of raccoon until an official review has completed.  The health department is working with CDFW and will not release anymore details until the investigation is over.

Public health inspects food facilities from 1 to 4 times a year, and the frequency is based on the public health risk associated with the food products served, the methods of food preparation, and the operational history of the food facility.

Hollywood Alist suggested people wanting raccoon meat to go to Exotic Meat Market, but warned it would be a “little pricier than $9.99 a pound.”

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7 comments

  • vicki hanson

    That is horrible! Poor Racoons. Cant believe they would leave the racoon in a see thru bag with its arms and legs up in the air for all to see like that.

  • Quan Dao

    Whats wrong with eating or selling raccoons? if you go into an Asian supermarket, don’t expect for it to be the same as our nation wide grocery stores… Just because it is food that this person is not accustom to, gives her no rights to criticize the store.

  • Beth

    This is ridiculous. Most of us eat animals. If people in a different culture eat different animals, why should we care? Stop wasting government money on issues like this. Is it more human to eat a chicken than a raccoon? Is it more human if someone cuts up the chicken before you see it? I don’t see how any of that makes a difference.

  • Rome

    This woman is a f#c4!ng retard! Pigs are loved more than pesty raccoons and I don’t see her freaking out about pork products in the supermarket!

  • myOWNcompass

    It’s a Chinese market, get over it. If you are seriously disturbed by their food tastes, then DO NOT ENTER. I think some of what they eat is disgusting, but it’s a free country so I ignore it. She just plain did not belong in that store.

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