The Channel 4 I-Team was tipped off months ago to what employees at Harris Teeter in Brentwood called “bad practices.”
Since then, the I-Team has been buying meat and seafood our sources said should never have been sold to anyone.
“It appears that … somebody is pulling out-of-date items, pulling the tags off them and trying to resell them,” said Josh Burgess, a butcher at Harris Teeter. “They haven’t been remarked yet, but they’re back in the cooler, which is still a no-no.”
Burgess, a butcher with eight years experience at different grocery stores, said he’s seen a number of things at the store that just weren’t right. In February, he began using his phone to document meat he believes had gone past its sell-by date.
“I’ve addressed this with store managers in the past. Nothing’s been done about it,” Burgess said. “But what else are we supposed to do? Every time I see something back here with a tag, it makes me suspicious.”
What happens to the meat is only part of the story.
“It’s a disgrace, actually,” Burgess said. “It’s been the worst meat department I’ve worked in, in any company, whether it’s a small mom and pop or any corporation.”
“I began raising issues pretty much my first day there,” he added. “I’ve raised it with my co-workers, with my department manager and at least two of the store managers, even HR. Nobody has done anything. Something needs to be done about it. That’s why I contacted the news.”
The I-Team has been talking for months with two of the six people, a third of the staff, in the meat and seafood department. They tell similar stories about smell.
“The very first thing I noticed was that you could smell the seafood department when you walked in the front door,” Burgess said. “And seafood doesn’t smell bad. Fresh fish doesn’t smell like fish.”
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