- NBC New York reports that a shopper filmed a mouse eating meat from a Whole Foods counter.
- Brittany Ellis’ encounter TikTok video has over 2.2 million views.
- Whole Foods says, “Take all products out of the box immediately.”
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NBC New York reported that the rats were taken while eating raw meat from inside a Whole Foods deli counter in Manhattan.
Brittany Ellis said she was shopping at Columbus Circle Whole Foods when she saw a rat chewing on Osso Bucco veal in a butcher and filmed the encounter.
Ellis shared a video of the incident on TikTok on May 24 with the caption: “But why is there a whole rat in Whole Foods!!!”; which has been viewed more than 2.2 million times since then.
“I was there trying to get someone’s attention. That’s when I pulled out my phone and started recording because it’s one in a million — one rat just chewed the cud,” Ellis told NBC New York on Friday.
“It made my skin crawl. I am a fungal infection,” she added.
Ellis said she was shopping with her mother at the time. and left the shop after meeting the mouse. “I just want people to be aware of this situation. And there is something to do,” she added.
A Whole Foods Market spokesperson told Insider that they are taking the situation seriously and that they “immediately removed all products from the box. deep cleaning and take a third-party service for a thorough review.”
They added that the store “Follow our detailed procedures for response and continue to work closely with our food safety systems.”
A rat is chewing on osso bucco veal in a TikTok clip that costs $22.99 a pound, according to the New York Post.
Workers at the deli counter said Friday they had no idea how the rats got into the case. The publication added