Everyone's heard of finding a needle in a haystack, but one place you don't expect to uncover one is in your meat.
But that's exactly what some Illinois shoppers discovered after purchasing ground beef and pork products at an East St. Louis Shop 'N Save.
Sixty-eight-year-old Ronald Avers, is accused of hiding sewing needles in the meats simply "for the hell of it."
Customers who found the dangerous surprises in their dinner brought it to the attention of store officials who reviewed surveillance video are were ultimately led them to Ayers.
Thankfully, none of the shoppers was seriously injured, but this news makes us think it could be time to review some safety guidelines when it comes to purchasing prepackaged meats.
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Obviously, one of the first things to look for is possible tampering. If a package looks as if it has been opened, bring it to the store manager's attention.
Check for the "Safe Food Handling" label on packages, which means the meat has undergone safe processing and includes handling and cooking tips and carefully check expiration dates.
Be sure the meat is cold to the touch and make the meat department your last stop before check out. Then, bag it separately and stick it in the coldest part of your fridge as soon as you get home. Use the meat within two to three days of purchasing it.
Don't refreeze thawed meat and always marinate meat in the refrigerator.
While no one expects to find something as bizarre as a sewing needle in their food, shoppers should always inspect their products before purchase and be on the lookout for potential dangers.
Have you ever found something that shouldn't be there in your meat?