In its marketing material, Whole Foods does a wonderful job of billing themselves as “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” but many have started to question the validity of the slogan.
Whole Foods has always come under fire for having prices that seem over inflated. Things weren’t helped when the company was put under investigation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) who had been told by consumers that the pre-packaged meats were often marked with the wrong weight measurements. The CEO’s didn’t refute the accusations, they simply called the issue a mistake.
Prior to that, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Monica’s City Attorneys agreed to allow the company to pay an $800,000 settlement to resolve the matter of failing to consider the weight of containers when they measured food products at their salad bars.
On June 8, the FDA sent a warning letter to Whole Foods warning them that the way they were packaging, storing, and even manufacturing foods created an environment for the microorganisms that trigger potentially fatal bouts of food poisoning to flourish.
The warning letter was triggered after a series of inspections were completed in February of the
One of the 70,000-square foot facility Whole Foods uses to store supplies used by 74 stores in 8 different states. According to the inspections, there was a significant amount of condensation dripping from the ceiling. The report also mentions dishes stored near food, that some of the sinks didn’t have hot water taps.
The conditions in the warehouse could explain why Whole Foods needed to issue a recall on curry chicken salad and pasta salad which contained the bacterium Listeria. These items were stored in the same facility that drew the FDA’s attention.
“Food poisoning is such a dangerous thing to deal with an it’s difficult to let the public know about food recalls before the individual has consumed whatever they’ve purchased. As a result, people are often sick and in the hospital before the average consumer realizes there is even a problem.”
It’s important to understand that stores such as Whole Foods are responsible for making sure the products they sell are safe from consumption. Food poisoning is a very serious thing. Not only can it lead to an emergency room visit for treatment, but it can also be fatal. Some people become so violently ill that they aren’t even able to contact anyone and let them know they need help.
If you have been the victim of food poisoning as a result of food that wasn’t properly prepared or stored while it was in the care of a grocery store or restaurant, you should contact a personal injury attorney who will guide you through the steps you need to take so you can get a settlement that will cover your medical expenses and reimburse you for your pain and suffering.