WYFF 4 reports a disgruntled contractor sprayed what investigators told employees was apparently feces on produce at a West Ashley Harris Teeter, officials with the supermarket said.
Charleston police said 41-year-old Pau S. Hang has been arrested and charged with damage to personal property. Police say Hang has been on trespass notice for the store.
“The suspect is accused of spraying a brown liquid from a spray bottle onto some of the produce in the store,” CPD officials said. “Police don’t know the type of liquid that was used.”
According to Harris Teeter officials, the suspect attempted to contaminate food in the produce department and the fresh foods department inside the store in the St. Andrews Shopping Center in Charleston.
Harris Teeter grocery stores are soon leaving the Nashville market, but they have completely shut down the meat department at the Brentwood location.
The Channel 4 I-Team has been investigating allegations of re-labeling and outdated meat and spoiled seafood being sold at the store.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went behind the scenes at the Brentwood grocery store and spoke to a concerned butcher who had marked packages of outdated meat to track in case it ended up on store shelves again.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.
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