LOS ANGELES – 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.
Metro Super Market was selling raccoon meat. It has been sold for years and now its off the shelves while officials investigate.
(Warning: Some may find video below disturbing)
Store employees declined to go on camera but did show us the whole raccoon sold in a bag for $9.99 a pound, which they say is a delicacy in China.
But, not everyone is eager to try it. Christina Dow posted cell phone video on social media after she says she was horrified to find several of the bagged raccoons.
“The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real. It’s so fresh. You don’t see chickens feathers and blood all over them and their expression with their tongue hanging out.”
Dow says she contacted the LA County Health Department. A spokesman for the department told us 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. “It’s terrible. It’s like a nightmare.”