Roughly a dozen police officers guarded dumpsters full of food at a Portland, Oregon, Fred Meyer grocery store Tuesday as people had tried to scrounge for food that had been thrown away.
The Oregonian reported that on Tuesday, Fred Meyer employees at a store in the northeast part of the city tossed out thousands of items deemed unfit for consumption.
The store was one of several that lost power during the winter storm that hit the area last weekend.
As of Wednesday, more than 150,000 people remain without power in the greater Portland area, the Associated Press reported.
Fred Meyer told KOIN that the food was discarded “out of an abundance of caution.” But the situation caused an uproar when news of the store’s decision to discard the perishable food circulated on social media.
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