A mouse has been filmed eating raw meat from inside a Whole Foods deli counter in Manhattan, NBC New York reports.
Brittany Ellis said she was shopping at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods when she spotted a mouse chewing on the piece of veal Osso Bucco inside the butcher case and filmed the encounter.
Ellis shared a video of the incident on TikTok on May 24 along with the caption: “But why was there a whole mouse in Whole Foods!!!” which has since been viewed more than 2.2 million times.
“I’m just there trying to get someone’s attention, that’s when I pulled out my phone and started recording because it was one in a million — a mouse was just munching away,” Ellis told NBC New York on Friday.
“It made my skin crawl, I’m a big germaphobe,” she added.
Ellis said she was shopping with her mother at the time and left the store after spotting the rodent. “I just want people to be aware of the situation, and something needs to be done,” she added.
A Whole Foods Market spokesperson told Insider that they were taking the situation very seriously and that they “immediately removed and disposed of all products in the case, performed a deep cleaning, and brought in a third-party service for a thorough inspection.”
They added that the store “diligently followed our detailed protocol in response and continues to work closely with our food safety system.”