What aisle might one find the frozen raccoon and croc feet? Not in a coon’s age have we been able to bring you a chow story this bizarre. A California-based Asian grocer has come under fire for their frozen food fare. They may be considered a Chinese “delicacy,” as all things seem to be that are simply unpalatable, but a stunned shopper is making the fur fly after she encountered ice-cold coon on sale for $9.99 a pound.
The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 12 reported that the Los Angeles County Health Department has been alerted after a customer complained that a Temple city supermarket’s frozen food section contained whole raccoons – iced, bloodied and curled up in freezer bags. “Customer Christina Dow spotted the raccoons, and, like any savvy 21st-century shopper, whipped out her cellphone and took a video that she shared on social media, using several expletives to describe her find,” the Times said.
The horrified customer took her complaint and video to the health department, who looked into the legality of selling whole raccoons. While the sale of the nocturnal mammal is evidently legal in California, the Metro Super Market pushing its ring-tailed rations did not have the proper permit to purchase and sell trash-scavenging coons as food. The raccoons have been removed until the health department can sanction the sales.
“The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real, and it’s so fresh, and you don’t see chickens with their feathers and blood all over them, and their expression, with their tongue hanging out,” a disgusted Dow told KCBS-TV.
At ten bucks a pound, the bagged raccoons were getting into the $50 range. That’s a hefty price for something that generally can be found roadside, albeit flattened, for free. According to the Times, store employees said they’ve “been selling raccoons for several years with no issues until now.”
A spokesperson at Metro Super Market who was called up by the Times responded with: “We don’t have any raccoon now. Those were samples. The health department already picked them up. I don’t know anything about it,” and then slammed down the phone.
While we might consider this a rather beastly thing to eat, take a stroll through an authentic Asian market and you might find the likes of turtle jelly, chicken feet, kopi luwak coffee (made from civet poop), bird nest soup, a “century” egg (it looks that old too), wasp crackers, giant tuna eyes and sake made from whole, fermented snakes. In light of all that, a frozen raccoon is on the tame end of the unorthodox food aisle.