"This is a whole new level of gross," proclaimed Loretta Seto in a Facebook post, and the Internet seems to agree. The California woman on Jan. 14 snapped two photos of meat being carted into the 99 Ranch Market in San Jose—raw and unpackaged, and stacked into shopping carts apparently sourced from the Costco across the street. NBC Bay Area reports the meat was being taken into the store through the front entrance, and says the store has identified the vendor as Winton-based Jim's Farm Meat. In a response on Seto's post, the market says it is "taking the necessary steps to resolve this issue by investigating this case further and filing a complaint against our vendor."
The Modesto Bee asked Jim's Farm Meat for an explanation but didn't get one; a rep for the company says pork is customarily kept in "cardboard combo bins" and wrapped. "That's how it left our facility." She says it's unclear why the workers would have taken the meat from that packaging, but did try to shift focus, saying it was unclear if 99 Ranch Market made a request regarding its transport into the store. The pictured Jim's Farm Meat workers have been fired, and the Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health is looking into the matter. (These are America's 10 favorites grocery stores.)