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Winton meat company responds after photos of raw meat entering store go viral

Jim’s Farm Meat in Winton

Images on social media went viral after a customer spotted vendors moving exposed meat on shopping carts into a Bay Area store. Winton-based Jim’s Farm Meat Co. confirmed it was the vendor supplying meat to the store. A video of the company's Wint
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Images on social media went viral after a customer spotted vendors moving exposed meat on shopping carts into a Bay Area store. Winton-based Jim’s Farm Meat Co. confirmed it was the vendor supplying meat to the store. A video of the company's Wint

Images of raw meat in a shopping cart being pushed into a Bay Area store have gone viral.

And the meat is from a company in Winton.

The San Jose Mercury News – along with NBC Bay Area – have shown Facebook photos taken by Loretta Seto of the exposed meat entering 99 Ranch Market in San Jose on Jan. 14.

NBC Bay Area identified the meat vendor as Winton-based Jim's Farm Meat Co. Inc.

Speaking Saturday morning to The Bee, Maria Moon, office manager at Jim's Farm Meat, confirmed the meat came from her company and said it is investigating the matter, which it learned about on Friday.

She said she can't explain why the two employees – shown in the photos carting the raw meat into the store – would have removed the meat from the wrap and cardboard combo bins where she said the pork generally is housed during delivery.

She said both employees have been fired.

"We are thoroughly investigating the incident," she said. "This isn't anything we typically do. When we send our products out, they are always in a combo bin and wrapped. That's how it left our facility."

She said she wasn't sure if there was some sort of request on the part of 99 Ranch Market in terms of how the employees got the meat into the store.

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Images on social media went viral after a customer spotted vendors moving exposed meat on shopping carts into a Bay Area store. Winton-based Jim’s Farm Meat Co. confirmed it was the vendor supplying the meat to the store. Rosalio Ahumada rahumada@modbee.com

Trucks from JPS Sierra Foods Inc. were parked inside the closed Jim's Farm Meat facility in Winton Sunday afternoon. Jonathan Sanchez of JPS Sierra Food said his company does not distribute products from Jim's Farm Meat. He said JPS Sierra Foods distributes products from national meat packers, and it only rents cooler space at Jim's Farm Meat facility and parks some of its trucks there.

"JPS Sierra Foods has nothing to do with Jim's Farm Meat," Sanchez said Sunday.

The store, which discarded the meat, said it was filing a complaint against Jim's Farm Meat.

"Whatever (the two employees did) is nothing we would have approved," Moon said.

She said her company would have no further comment until its investigation was complete.

Meanwhile, NBC Bay Area said the Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health is investigating the matter.

The Mercury News published this response from the grocery store at Hostetter Road and Lundy Avenue: "On behalf of 99 Ranch Market, we are terribly sorry for this incident that happened in one of our stores. 99 Ranch Market is committed to food safety and customer satisfaction. Therefore, we are taking the necessary steps to resolve this issue by investigating this case further and filing a complaint against our vendor. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

The post on Seto's Facebook page had more than 1,400 shares and hundreds of comments.

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