Woman calls health department after she makes disturbing discovery at the grocery store

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Temple City, CA – A California woman called health authorities to complain about a Chinese food market — after finding an item she didn’t approve of in their store.

The Metro Super Market was selling raccoon meat — which is considered a delicacy in China.

Store employees declined to go on camera but did show the whole raccoon sold in a bag for $9.99 a pound.

Customer Christina Dow posted cell phone video on social media after she says she was horrified to find several of the bagged raccoons.

Dow said, “The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real. It’s so fresh. You don’t see chickens feathers and bled all over them and their expression with their tongue hanging out”

Dow says she contacted the l-A county health department. A spokesman for the department told KCAL that selling raccoons as food could be perfectly legal, depending on where the meat comes from. Store employees say health inspectors came to the store to see the raccoons which will no longer be sold until the department gives approval. Dow says legal or not she wants it to stop.

Store employees say they’ve been selling raccoons for years and have never had any issues.




  • festerfudd

    This woman has no business even expressing her opinion about what this business sells. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. If you don’t want to see it don’t go in. This business owner has every right to legally sell what ever they choose. This isn’t China. The fact that you called the health department is rediculous. You have no right to choose what they sell. You sound like a nanny state liberal. Where what you think is right or best is they way it should be for everyone. Go back home and hide your head in the self righteous smugness of your flatulence.

  • festerfudd

    She also seams shocked to find out meat comes from animals. Legal or not she wants it to stop. My soda is to big to fit in your cup holder so we need to outlaw them also. This woman is what is wrong with America today. worried about the wrong things and putting her nose where it doesn’t belong.

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    Would rabid racoons sell for more or less than $9.99/lb?
    You and your family may be disturbed if chickens were sold with the feathers and face still on them. It’s the harsh reality of facing what you eat, even if you are not the one to kill it.

  • Jeanne

    I have never heard of anyone eating raccoon and personally would never eat it myself but since people do eat it and it is being sold in stores the raccoon needs to be skinned and have only the parts customers can eat, its not fair to make people pay that much per pound when a lot of it can’t be eaten like the hair, teeth, etc.

    • BC17

      OK, so for those of you sensitive folks who don’t understand the cost of labor… If the store processed it before displaying it (e.g., they pay someone to remove all the parts that some bothers some folks to see), the price might be $20 per pound, just like boneless, skinless chicken breast sells for a higher unit price than a whole chicken. If the buyer is happy to do their own processing, what business it is of yours? There are still a few of us out there that don’t have any issue at all doing our own butchering. Never seen a whole fish in the seafood section? Going to demand that they cut the fish heads off before you show up to shop so you can’t see the eyes? And how do you know what parts can be eaten and should be displayed? There are lots of things in a grocery store or butcher shop that I would not choose to eat, but apparently someone is buying those items, or the stores would not offer them for sale.

      We are all so easily offended. It’s sad what we have become as a nation.

  • T.T.

    At least she not afraid to make that phone call and stand up for what she believes. She was also lucky that she was able to get some one to listen to her. And helps her. RITE AID BEEN TARGETED ME, I called, I wrote many times and it gets no where. So she is lucky that she got some one to listen to her.

  • king ruddy

    A fool could sell the hide if not blue,maybe retrieve a couple bucks.Mad cow’s disease is on the rise,we might need to depend on other eats.

  • judy freed

    This is disgusting. Thats probably why in Chinese restaurants have the weirdest shape looking items that are suppose to be chicken but looks like the shape of a rat.

    • OneMan'sOpinion

      You have serious talent if you can identify an animal by shape in a restaurant entree. Yeah, talent, that’s the word for it.

  • Disgusted American

    All of you need to get grip. Come down off your perfect, sparkling high horse and rejoin America the way it should be. If a store sells something you don’t like, then DON’T SHOP THERE!!!! Otherwise, stop whining about it. If you want to ensure your food is just how you want it, get off your lazy ass and raise the livestock yourself. Better yet get yourself into the woods and hunt your food. Maybe then you’ll gain some freedom from the BS and stop worrying about everyone else and keep your silliness to yourself. ~Signed, EVERYONE

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