A woman who says she has dedicated her life to exposing the food wastage in the country has gone viral after she posted a video on Tiktok claiming the amount of wastage she found while dumpster diving at a local Whole Foods.

The Tiktoker who goes by the name Dumpster Diving Freegan shared the video to her account showing the alleged food waste at Whole Foods a few days back. The woman claimed to have found "enough meat to feed an entire community" in the video that has fetched more than 3 million views, Daily Dot reported.

The woman says her experience of dumpster diving at the local Whole Foods is nothing like she has experienced ever before.“Every time I come to this particular supermarket, I see cases of organic food that is thrown out much before its best-by date," the woman says while the video zooms in on a 16-pound frozen turkey prized at $65.52.

The video then shows piles of packaged meat that she claimed to have recovered from the dumpster. "I find everything from organic chicken and beef to beyond meat" she adds. The woman also shows stacks of cut fruits, veggies, salad mixes and yogurts. She says all the items were "super cold" when she found them as it was 33 degrees Fahrenheit that night.

The TikToker also confirms in the video that none of the items she showcased were recalled or past the expiry date. “Everything was thrown away on or before its best-by date, and as we all know, best-by dates aren’t hard and fast rules, so everything was still edible,” she says.


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The viewers were stunned by the amount of wastage they saw in the video. "This should be illegal," a viewer replied to the video. "And yet child hunger is alive and well in the freaking USA." another said. Some viewers who claimed to be working for Whole Foods said the store does not allow them to take the food home without paying for it even if it was going to be wasted.

Meanwhile, to the viewers who were concerned about the safety of using the food from the dumpster which could be spoiled, the woman said: "I have survived on scavenged food for nearly two years now. I take the utmost safety precautions when diving and do not feed anyone food without telling them where it comes from. I have never gotten ill from diving."

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A view of a Whole Foods Market in Union Square in New York City. Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images