‘Flabbergasted’: Walmart, Longo’s throw away thousands worth of food after weekend storm

‘Flabbergasted’: Walmart, Longo’s throw away thousands worth of food after weekend storm

A Thornhill Walmart and Longo's threw out thousands worth of food due to storm caused power outage. One resident was angered by the waste.

Two Thornhill grocery outlets have been forced to throw out hundreds of dollars’ worthy of of food stuff following the flash storm cut energy to the merchants very last 7 days.

Each the Longo’s at 7355 Bayview Ave., near Laurelleaf Road, and the Walmart at 700 Centre St. say they disposed of frozen products as they were deemed ‘unsafe’ for use.

Neither retail outlet was in a position to salvage any of the meals or donate it to charity thanks to security worries, they say are outlined in authorities health pointers.

Thornhill resident David Slotnick posted to social media about the loss of foods, decrying just how substantially a York Area foodbank could have benefited from the groceries.

“Flabbergasted at the volume of decline that the Longo’s is experiencing,” his put up reads. “Probably hundreds of countless numbers of dollars’ really worth of foods owning to be thrown out owing to their energy becoming out for 26 several hours. Not absolutely sure why businesses do not have back-up generators.”

Walmart said its retailer was without having energy for a lot more than 24 hours and that the company is now attempting to replenish cabinets.

“We have vigorous procedures and high expectations in position when it arrives to foodstuff protection, which we do not compromise on,” mentioned Felicia Fefer, manager of company affairs. “The food stuff disposed of at our Thornhill retail outlet was deemed unsafe for use given the electricity outage.”

Longo’s was also pressured to scrap thousands of dollars’ really worth of goods.

“Given the magnitude and period of the electricity outage (which exceeded 24 several hours), some of our foods merchandise ended up discarded for meals protection factors and in accordance with public overall health pointers. Even though we have backup ability turbines for life safety needs (emergency lighting, sprinkler methods, doorway functions), we essential a lot more machines that was not accessible because of to crucial needs from organizations like hospitals and nursing properties.”