Whole Foods responds to viral video of mouse eating meat in Manhattan store

Mouse whole foods
A customer at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods discovered a mouse chowing down on food at the grocery store’s meat display. (Credit: @definebritt/TikTok)

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — Whole Foods has responded over a day after a video went viral on social media of a mouse enjoying a few bites of some raw meat in one of the chain’s Manhattan grocery stores.

The cringe-inducing clip, posted to TikTok by user Brittany Ellis, was recorded at the market’s Columbus Circle location on May 23, she said.

“We take this situation very seriously,” a spokesperson for Whole Foods told PIX11. “We 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. The store diligently followed our detailed protocol in response and continues to work closely with our food safety team,” the statement continued.

The video had over 2.4 million views when PIX originally reported the story Monday. That number has grown by over a million to 3.8 million views just a day later.

Ellis later shared a YouTube video providing more details on the incident. 

Ellis said she heard a woman and man on line at the meat display talking about the rodent and went over to see for herself.

“That was disgusting,” Ellis said.

She then took a video of it and tried to get an employee’s attention. When Ellis got the butcher’s attention, he was shocked and brought the manager, who said he would take care of the situation. 

“This was truly a traumatic viewing of a rodent eating away and possibly passing on more diseases during a global pandemic,” Ellis said. 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Manhattan Videos

Violence, partying continues at Washington Square Park

Actress Lisa Banes dies after hit-and-run scooter crash on Upper West Side: reports

Times Square celebrates Broadway coming back

Bus operator injured trying to prevent attack has to fight MTA for workers' compensation

Real life NYC 'Golden Girls' turn 100 years old!

Legendary Rucker Park in Harlem gets facelift from 'Full Court Peace'

More Manhattan

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter