Walmart responds to viral video of food being thrown away
Walmart issues a response after a video showing a store in Celina, Ohio disposing of massive amounts of food goes viral.
"We have fielded a number of calls regarding a video circulating on Facebook showing our associates throwing out food, and we wanted our customers and community to understand the situation. Unfortunately, due to a tornado that affected our store in Celina, Ohio on November 5, the food being disposed of was unsafe for consumption after the store lost power for 14 hours. Per internal and health department policies, we followed proper procedures by disposing of the food," said the company.
Gary Joe Ahrns posted the video on Nov. 6. In it, he shows baskets full of food that he says has not expired and could be given away.
Due to the tornado and power outage, neither or which Ahrns mentions in the video, store employees tell him they cannot give away or sell the food. He is this asked to leave the property.
The video has been shared more than 200,000 times and has been viewed by more than 7.5 million people.