A current USDA investigation of unsafe food handling practices by the giant food distributor Sysco Corporation started in Alameda, according to a report Monday from NBC Bay Area.
The story began in July, when NBC Bay Area's investigative unit reported on Sysco's practice of storing raw meat, dairy products and produce in unrefrigerated sheds for several hours as the food traveled from farms to restaurants, the report says.
Shortly after the NBC report originally aired, staff members from a local meat trade association complained about Sysco's practices to the USDA district office at 620 Central Ave., Alameda, the NBC report says. The Alameda office serves California Arizona and Nevada.
That complaint led to the current investigation by the federal agency, NBC reports.
The local US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service office is located off McKay Avenue, near Crab Cove.