L.A. Supermarket Stocks Raccoons in Frozen Foods Aisle

Raccoon (Associated Press)
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A Los Angeles supermarket received a visit from the Health Department after a shopper noticed the store was stocking whole raccoons in its frozen foods aisle, CBS Los Angeles reports.

A cellphone video taken by a shopper at Metro Supermarket in Temple City appeared to show bagged, frozen, whole raccoons retailing for $9.95 per pound.

“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,” shopper Christina Dow told CBS Los Angeles.

Dow contacted the Los Angeles County Health Department after her discovery, who then visited the supermarket. Employees at the market told CBS that raccoon is a delicacy in China, and that it had been selling frozen raccoons for years.

The store has since stopped selling the raccoons pending a Health Department investigation. However, it was not immediately clear whether selling raccoons as food was in any way illegal.