The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health is investigating photos taken of raw, unpackaged pork being delivered in shopping carts to a grocery store in San Jose, CA. The photos were taken earlier this month by Loretta Seto and then posted to her Facebook page on January 25.
The health department did confirm in a statement the receipt of multiple complaints about “unauthorized delivery of pork” to the retailer, 99 Ranch Market. "We are taking immediate steps to conduct a thorough investigation and appropriate actions to ensure food safety for the public. The statement goes on to say,
Some reports have identified the meat vendor in question as Jim’s Farm Meat Company, Inc. The company’s office manager, Maria Moon, confirmed the reports.
"We are thoroughly investigating the incident. 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 also said the two employees seen transporting the meat in the photos have since been terminated.
According to Moon, besides the statement released, Jim’s Farm Meat Company will not be commenting again on the issue until the investigation is over.
A statement released by 99 Ranch Market, where the meat was delivered, says: "99 Ranch Market is committed to food safety and customer satisfaction. Therefore, we are taking the necessary steps to resolve this issue by investigating this case further and filing a complaint against our vendor. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Thank you for your patience and understanding,"
As of the publishing of this article, Seto’s Facebook photos have been shared over 2,290 times.