While passing by a local grocery store this week, a woman in Warren, Michigan, happened upon an unsettling scene. She noticed a man standing in the parking lot of the Warren Food Market had plopped a giant mass of raw meat inside a shopping cart without any protective packaging. Freaked out by the thought of raw beef touching the same surface where babies often sit and birds certainly poop on, she did what any upstanding citizen would: She snapped a photo to post on social media.
It didn't take long before the photo went viral and local news station WDIV stopped by to investigate. After confronting one Warren Food Market employee with the footage, he had this to say:
"I have no concern about this."
The employee added that the 200 pounds of raw, potentially germ-ridden beef was sitting in the store's freezer, from which it will be sold to the public, who will ostensibly consume it.
Nazem Saad, the wholesaler who provided the beef to the store, said the explanation for the unorthodox delivery was simple: The boxes holding the meat broke before he could shuttle the product inside, leaving the man with no other option, apparently, but to find the closest grocery cart and stuff the load into that.
"When they lifted it, the meat came out," Saad told WDIV. "I don't think it's a big deal, you know?"
However, a number of folks—including those who work at the Department of Agriculture—would argue otherwise, and have reportedly promised to investigate the matter further.
"That's disgusting. That's unsanitary," the woman who witnessed the meat move told WDIV. "I don't wish anyone to get shut down, but I wish they would practice better sanitary practices because I don't believe it's sanitary, in my opinion."
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