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.