California store caught selling moth-infested almonds

KTVU reports a Lucky’s grocery store in San Ramon, California, apologized Sunday for selling bags of almonds that contained live and dead insects.

After receiving a call from two customers saying they had bought a bag of almonds from the store and found live moths inside the bags, KTVU decided to check it out.

On Sunday morning, reporter Janine De la Vega went inside and bought a couple of bags of Sun Valley Almonds. She found insects inside these bags.

A corporate spokesperson said the store had removed the bad merchandise Friday and new bags of almonds were restocked on the shelves. But what store employees didn’t realize was those bags were also tainted.

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