Sysco accused of storing meat in outdoor sheds in Calif.

The California Department of Public Health is investigating food-service giant Sysco after an NBC news report revealed the supplier had been using unrefrigerated metal containers throughout Northern California to allegedly store large quantities of raw pork, chicken, beef, turkey, and more for hours at a time. Video shows Sysco workers arriving in trucks and unloading food in the middle of the night. Hours later, sales reps arrive to pick up the meat, dairy, and produce to take it to restaurants and other customers.

This is the second time in a week that video depicting raw meat being stored in outside refrigeration has made the headlines. While the food-service provider has not commented on the scope of the practice, it issued a written statement indicating it had “immediately ceased its practices in relation to these drop-sites” and is currently reviewing its protocols with employees.

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