Images of raw meat in a shopping cart being pushed into a Bay Area store have gone viral.
And the meat is from a company in Winton.
The San Jose Mercury News – along with NBC Bay Area – have shown Facebook photos taken by Loretta Seto of the exposed meat entering 99 Ranch Market in San Jose on Jan. 14.
NBC Bay Area identified the meat vendor as Winton-based Jim’s Farm Meat Co. Inc.
Speaking Saturday morning to The Bee, Maria Moon, office manager at Jim’s Farm Meat, confirmed the meat came from her company and said it is investigating the matter, which it learned about on Friday.
She said she can’t explain why the two employees – shown in the photos carting the raw meat into the store – would have removed the meat from the wrap and cardboard combo bins where she said the pork generally is housed during delivery.
She said both employees have been fired.
“We are thoroughly investigating the incident,” she said. “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.”
She said she wasn’t sure if there was some sort of request on the part of 99 Ranch Market in terms of how the employees got the meat into the store.
The store, which discarded the meat, said it was filing a complaint against Jim’s Farm Meat.
“Whatever (the two employees did) is nothing we would have approved,” Moon said.
She said her company would have no further comment until its investigation was complete.
Meanwhile, NBC Bay Area said the Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health is investigating the matter.
The Mercury News published this response from the grocery store at Hostetter Road and Lundy Avenue: “On behalf of 99 Ranch Market, we are terribly sorry for this incident that happened in one of our stores. 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.”
The post on Seto’s Facebook page had more than 1,400 shares and hundreds of comments.