Tennessee Harris Teeter closes meat dept. after I-Team investigation

Harris Teeter grocery stores are soon leaving the Nashville market, but they have completely shut down the meat department at the Brentwood location.

harris-teeter-storeThe Channel 4 I-Team has been investigating allegations of re-labeling and outdated meat and spoiled seafood being sold at the store.

Additional lab tests on the meat and seafood the I-Team purchased have turned up some unusual findings.

Experts said overall, the samples had 100 to 1,000 times more bacteria than typically seen on meat or fish offered for sale.

Last week, the I-Team went behind the scenes at the Brentwood grocery store and spoke to a concerned butcher who had marked packages of outdated meat to track in case it ended up on store shelves again.

The meat was re-tagged and sold against store policy.

The I-Team’s source said he also had longstanding concerns, shared with his managers, about what goes into the glass cases without any sort of date tag.

Harris Teeter would not answer the I-Team’s questions about its record keeping on meat and fish, throwing away dated boxes, the kinds of bacteria found on the products we purchased, or how we managed to buy a piece of meat that had apparently sat in storage two months past the sell-by date.
WSMV Channel 4