Food Safety
Cooking and eating with care

Food safety is pretty high on everyone's list of "things to be aware of," especially in light of the food recalls and poisoning scares that seem to happen all too frequently. But believe it or not, the ones you hear about on the TV news aren't the most common — a good deal of food poisoning is caused by improper food handling in home kitchens.


Arsenic in Rice
After many decades, the widespread use of arsenic-containing pesticides and herbicides in agriculture have made arsenic pervasive in farmland to this day, and there is no set government standard limiting arsenic in food at this time.
Arsenic in Rice
Bisphenol-A
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical compound found in polycarbonate plastic, a hard, clear plastic used widely in consumer products, including food and beverage containers, and also found in the linings of aluminum cans.
Bisphenol-A
Irradiation (US & Canadian)
We believe produce and meat products can and should be packaged, transported and stored to retain maximum nutritional value without the use of irradiation. In addition, consumers and industry leaders have been adamant that irradiation is not compatible with organic food production.
Irradiation (US & Canadian)
Methylmecury in Seafood
Whole Foods Market consistently offers the highest quality seafood gathered from the best sources around the world. We also pride ourselves on keeping our customers informed of the latest health and environmental issues.
Methylmecury in Seafood
Cold Storage Chart
Purchase the product before "sell-by" or expiration dates. Follow handling recommendations on product. Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.
Cold Storage Chart
Safe Picnicking & Grilling
Summer heat increases the chance of bacterial growth in foods, and bacteria are more likely to grow in foods that are high in protein and moisture — meats, poultry, seafood, dairy products and egg dishes. Here are some helpful reminders on how to keep your food safe and tasty.
Safe Picnicking & Grilling
Handling Dairy Products, Cheese & Eggs
General Safety Tips for Dairy Products, Cheese, and Eggs
Handling Dairy Products, Cheese & Eggs
Handling Meat & Poultry Safety
Safe steps in handling, cooking, and storing meat are essential to avoiding food-borne illness. Follow these guidelines to keep pathogens away.
Handling Meat & Poultry Safety
Handling Seafood Safely
Generally, seafood is very safe to eat, but raw or undercooked seafood can be unsafe due to viruses, bacteria or parasites. Here are some steps you can take to keep your seafood safe.
Handling Seafood Safely
Serving Prepared Foods Safely
Deli and prepared foods can make a busy life just a bit simpler come meal time. To fully enjoy your takeout meals, follow the steps on this page to ensure your food is safe to eat.
Serving Prepared Foods Safely
Product Recalls