Walmart dumps over $50,000 worth of 'good' food


Walmart dumps over $50,000 worth of 'good' food

Mercer County, where Celina is located, was hit by two tornadoes Nov. 5. The Celina Walmart location was without power for 14 hours, the company said in a statement on Facebook following backlash after Gory Joe Ahrn posted a live video broadcast at Facebook.

"...the food being disposed of was unsafe for consumption after the store lost power for 14 hours. Per internal and health department policies, we followed proper procedures by disposing of the food,"

"Food is deemed "unfit for human consumption" after 4 hours above 41 degrees F. Therefore, during extended lack of refrigeration, restaurants and grocery stores have no choice but to discard refrigerated foods. Also, during these disasters, packaging can become damaged such that the safety of the food is in doubt. In those cases, facilities must also be cautious and err on the side of safety," the department wrote.

"And – if it is unfit for consumption that means it should not be donated to food pantries either! The Health Department has been in touch with facilities impacted by this recent storm and are finding that facilities are making the proper decisions about the handling of their foods during this time."

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