Golden Corral says it fired a manager from one of its restaurants after a rogue employee uploaded a stomach-churning video showing dozens of pounds of raw meat left outside near a dumpster. The employee in the video said the food would be brought back inside to be served to customers.
According to Eric Holm, who owns the Golden Corral where the video was filmed, the manager involved in the improper food storage was terminated for not following proper food-handling procedures. In a statement forwarded to The Huffington Post on Monday, Holm said that none of the food shown in the video was served to customers.
Filmed by employee Brandon Huber at a Golden Corral in Port Orange, Fla., the shocking video shows an array of what appears to be raw hamburger patties, raw baby back ribs, pot roast meat, chicken, bacon slices, a green bean casserole and a large hotel pan full of gravy -- all next to an outdoor dumpster. Black flies appear near some of the meat.
Huber explains that the restaurant was hiding the food during a health inspection.
Meat that is stored at temperatures warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more can carry bacteria and cause foodborne illnesses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bacteria growth can double every 20 minutes that food is left at room temperature, the agency notes.