February 26, 2024

Maggots in the Meat Case and Other Gross Food Safety Stories

Maggots in the meat case at a California Whole Foods store in Noe Valley is the news story that takes the top spot in this month’s edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. A meat clerk, Marc Melancon,  told KRON-4 news that there were 40 maggots in meat case when he arrived at about 2 pm on a Monday but the problem wasn’t addressed until after the store closed that night.

“It was pretty bad,” Melancon told the station. I could “actually see maggots underneath the plastic right near the meat that I was selling inside the case.”  

Beef CarcassStore management told the San Francisco health department that only one dead maggot had been found, that it was not in contact with the meat and that the case was cleaned Monday, Tuesday and Friday, according to the news report. Based on that information, the department did not believe there was a public health threat. The store’s cleaning efforts were enough to earn a passing grade from the health department.

Not all of the restaurants in Las Vegas’s Chinatown got passing grades from the health department where food safety violations prompted a string of recent closures, according to a report from KTNV News. Many of them were for holding food at improper temperatures and storing or preparing food in dirty areas.

On an April 22 inspection, Sam Woo BBQ had 51 demerits. Inspectors found the handwashing sink clogged with an opaque fluid; dirty floors, appliances and shelves; food stored at dangerous temperatures and spices stored in a reused plastic bag from a clothing store.

Blood from raw chicken was dripping onto refrigerated cut jalepenos and uncooked french fries during and inspection at Lele’s Sandwiches on South Bruce. Inspectors also found blood pooled below a prep table, a filthy floor drain covered in cob webs and flies throughout the facility.

Marketon on North Decatur was closed for no running water. And the Coast to Coast food truck was closed for refrigeration problems.


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