Photos Of Raw Meat Delivery Go Viral, USDA Investigates

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By Cooking Panda

The USDA is currently investigating a disturbing case of mishandled raw meat delivered in shopping carts to 99 Ranch Market in San Jose, California.

Local shopper Loretta Seto was on a routine shopping trip to the grocery store, located  at Hostetter Road and Lundy Avenue, when she spotted two delivery men transporting raw meat in Costco shopping carts at the front entrance. Suspicious and alarmed, Seto immediately snapped a photo and posted the incident to Facebook as a warning to other local shoppers.

Seto told NBC Bay Area that the two men appeared to have dumped slabs of raw pork in the grocery carts where they could go down aisles touching other products. “I don’t know,” Seto said. “It was absolutely horrific in my opinion.”

Another customer, Christine Cabral, discovered a similar sight in March 2016 — uncovered butchered hogs being rolled in shopping carts through the back doors of the Marina grocery store. Cabral took the same action as Seto and snapped a photo.

Now, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is working with local authorities after the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health launched an investigation into the San Jose grocery store.

The USDA said in a statement that it will be conducting a thorough inspection of the facility, interviewing personnel and reviewing paperwork to determine if further actions will be needed.

NBC Bay Area looked into county inspection reports for 99 Ranch Market and found cases of “major risk factors and violations” in the meat department noted by a health inspector on Jan. 8. “Improper hand washing, food debris in the meat slicers and grinders and dirty meat trays” were highlighted by the food inspection official.

Records also showed an inspector noted live cockroaches in the meat preparation area.

Seto’s Facebook post continues to garner attention with over 2,000 shares and hundreds of comments. The grocery store has even responded to Seto’s post directly stating that the market intends to resolve the issue by filing a complaint against the vendor, Jim’s Farm Meat. 99 Ranch market said in an interview with NBC Bay Area that it has discarded all the meat from the vendor.

Sources: NBC Bay Area (2), SF Gate / Featured Image: Pxhere

Tags: 99 Ranch, Raw Meat, San Jose
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Raw Meat Cakes Are Apparently A Real Thing (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

If you’re watching your sugar and carb intake and following more of a protein-heavy diet, these meat cakes might be just the thing for you.

Metro reports that the citizens of Japan have bumped their birthday celebrations up a notch with the introduction of raw meat cakes. And no, this isn’t steak tartare we’re talking about … it’s a raw meat platter shaped like a birthday cake. They even put candles on top and everything.

Some are decorated with sparklers, and others even with flowers. The meats are top choice and, according to Kotaku, they’re appearing more and more at grilled meat restaurants all over the country.

When looking through these pictures (which are all over social media, FYI), you have to wonder who even came up with this? And why?

According to Bustle, in a country like Japan where most meals are dominated by fish and rice, high-quality meats are a luxury, which explains why they’re such a great birthday gift. If you receive a platter of meat shaped like a birthday cake or like roses (or both), you’re a pretty happy camper. If you’re at a grill-your-own-meat joint, it could just be like meshing your dinner with your dessert.

Take apart the beautifully crafted piece of beefy artwork and get to grilling, after snapping a picture, of course. Some of the “cakes” even feature high-quality cuts of sashimi.

Personally, this new trend is not my thing. If you say cake, I expect layers upon layers of chocolate and icing; I want my flowers to be full of sugar. However, I guess I can see the appeal. I’m sure the carnivores delight in this (probably very expensive) birthday treat.

Maybe if I could get past the look of it … I could give a meat cake a chance. Then again, I’d have to go to Japan to do so. Strange how this seems like it would be much more of a Western thing. I guess we’ve rubbed off on them some!

Sources: Metro, Kotaku, Bustle / Photo Credit: melogy5/Twitter, Kotaku/Twitter, kazu23kayo/TwitterTags: Birthday Cake, Happy Birthday, japan, meat cake, Raw Meat, Raw Meat Cake
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