A woman’s photos showing workers hauling unwrapped slabs of raw meat to a 99 Ranch Market in San Jose, California, has spurred a health investigation.
Loretta Seto posted the photos on Facebook on Thursday, Jan. 25. They showed men delivering slabs of raw meat using shopping carts from a nearby Costco, according to her Facebook post.
“Talk about disgusting! I’m usually OK with sticking the kids in the seat of the basket, but this is a whole new level of gross. Beware,” she wrote in her Facebook post.
The photos have spread like wildfire, gaining over 2,000 shares as of writing.
The meat vendor, Jim’s Farm Meat Co., told The Modesto Bee that both employees in the photos have been fired.
Maria Moon, the office manager at Jim’s Farm Meat, said that the company is investigating the matter. They only learned about it on Friday, Jan. 26.
“We are thoroughly investigating the incident,” she told The Modesto Bee. “This isn’t anything we typically do. When we send our products out, they are always in a combo bin and wrapped. That’s how it left our facility.”
Moon said she was unsure whether the employees were acting upon a request from 99 Ranch Market on getting the meat into the store.
But the store said it was filing a complaint against Jim’s Farm Meat. They told NBC Bay Area they discarded the meat seen in the photos.
After Seto posted the photos on Facebook, the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health confirmed they were investigating the incident, NBC reported.
Comments under Seto’s post focused on the health hazard to children sitting in the contaminated carts.