Metro Supermarket in Temple City, California, caught the attention of the Los Angeles County Health Department after shoppers took to social media to reveal the store was selling whole, frozen raccoons as food.
Customer Christina Dow filmed the dead raccoons on her cell phone and shared the video on social media. “The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real, and it’s so fresh, and you don’t see chickens with their feathers and blood all over them, and their expression, with their tongue hanging out,” Dow told CBS.
The LA County Health Department said it’s completely legal to sell raccoons as food, so long as it’s from a legal source. Metro Supermarket has stopped selling raccoons since the Health Department paid them a visit on Feb. 10.
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At press time, no local agencies were able to say if the raccoons were legal. Employees who declined to give their names and appear on camera said the store has been selling raccoons for years, but there have never been any issues prior to now.
The Raccoon meat was sold at $9.99 per pound and it’s considered a delicacy in China.