Shoppers just spotted a rat in one of the southern locations of America’s largest grocery chain – eat this, not this!


In May, a mouse was seen eating from a meat display at a Whole Foods Manhattan location. A TikTok video of the incident went viral and now history appears to be repeating itself. A rodent was spotted in the meat section of a Kroger store in Atlanta over the holidays.

User @ dblack15 posted a TikTok video on December 23rd that appears to show a rat scurrying over whole turkeys. In the clip, a person is trying to lure the rodent out of the store’s freezers with a trash can. The social media user subtitled the video “Kroger RATS” and added hashtags like #dekalbcounty, #healthdepartment, #atlanta and #kroger.

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By December 28, the clip had been liked almost 230,000 times and viewed more than 5.5 million times. You can watch the video here, but first note that it contains explicit language.

Further information on how the rat got into the store or was later removed is not available. However, America’s largest grocery chain said it was taking swift action to remedy the situation.

“This video is disturbing and we have taken swift action to remedy the situation, including thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the store and working with a local pest control company,” a Kroger spokesman told Eat This, Not That !.

This is good news as rats can transmit more than 35 diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “These diseases can be transmitted directly to humans through handling rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine or saliva, or through rodent bites,” it says on its website. “Rodent-borne diseases can also be passed on to humans indirectly through ticks, mites, or fleas that have eaten themselves by an infected rodent.”

A TikTok user who commented on a video of a rat at New York Whole Foods identified themselves as veterans of the food industry. They wrote that there are “rats in your local business” whether it is “high-end” or not. “Sometimes they come in the truck pallets,” they added.

Whatever the case, now if you are feeling inspired to clean something, here are two simple steps to getting rid of bacteria and germs in your kitchen, according to one expert.

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