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Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAREN - We do not currently have a rating system for slaughterhouses, however, we require all slaughter facilities to successfully pass annual third party audits of their animal welfare and food safety practices.
03/11/2013 12:49:41 PM CDT
Logan says ...
Is humane slaughter included in the production of organic meat?
03/13/2013 2:52:52 PM CDT
Liz says ...
Your comment above stating "next time you are in your local Whole Foods Market store, be sure to ask our butchers to point out our organic meat and poultry", leads me to believe you also sell meat at the butcher area that is not organic. If this is so, and Whole Foods is aware of the breeding, raising and slaughtering conditions of non-organic 'businesses', why would you sell them in your store? Doesn't it seem to defeat the purpose of what you stand for? Regards, Liz
03/24/2013 1:25:12 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LOGAN - Yes, we require all slaughter facilities to successfully pass annual third party audits of their animal welfare and food safety practices.
03/26/2013 1:44:35 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LIZ - Not all of the meat we sell in our stores is organic but all meat we sell must meet our strict animal welfare standards. We definitely take in to account the slaughtering practices of any meat vendor that is not organic. You can find more info about the animal welfare standards at http://wholefoods.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards which then you can also visit the Global Animal Partnership page for even more info.
03/26/2013 1:46:37 PM CDT
Svetlana says ...
I've seen several references made by the moderator that all meat sold in WFM should meet their 5-step Animal Welfare Standard - which is validated only every 15 months . So, the farm can do all the shoddy things they want for 14 months, and clean up to showcase and clear the audit on the 15th month? The Welfare standard just rates from 1 thru 5+. I do not see a rating for rejection. All the animals qualify!! In my local store, there is NO option for a 5+ chicken, just 1 option for a 3 chicken. Rest of them are 1s and 2s. Where is my safe meat???
04/02/2013 1:47:41 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SVETLANA - Sorry for the confusion but I have not mentioned that all meat has to meat our 5-Step rating. The 5-Step Animal Welfare rating system currently applies to our beef, pork, chicken or turkey. We are diligent to make sure the farms and ranches meet our quality standards that provide meat not mentioned above. Our products are bought at the regional/store level, have you been able to ask your store if a Step 5 chicken vendor is available in their area?
04/02/2013 2:53:00 PM CDT
Nadia Field says ...
Even if the animal is not fed GMO feed, are the animals themselves not genetically engineered, that is bred to be larger, stronger, more disease resistant? I understand that pork is a Franken beast, having undergone such breeding practices that it is essentially unrecognizable genetically from its ancestors who rooted and lived outside much of the year.
05/18/2013 8:46:22 PM CDT
Henrietta says ...
which is better for you to eat grass fed or organic ?
05/30/2013 5:54:06 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@HENRIETTA - I would suggest reaching out to your health care professional for their best advice before adding anything to your diet. There are customers that believe there is a taste difference between the two options but definitely talk to your doctor about which one to add to your diet.
06/03/2013 11:49:02 AM CDT
Sharon says ...
Hi, I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and was told by my nutritionist that organic foods are better for me. I live in Michigan and the closest store to me is in a not so great part of town. Does Whole Foods maintain the same standards at every store? Such as organic or grass fed beef?
08/28/2013 12:42:37 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHARON - We are not a franchise and own all of our store locations. We make sure that each of our stores live up to our strict quality standards. Keep in mind that not all of the products in our stores are organic, but we should have tons of great organic options for you though!
08/28/2013 4:24:56 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
Thank you very much for responding. I appreciate it.
08/29/2013 9:03:51 AM CDT
MAGDALENA HERRERA says ...
Its very important all the indications you teach in order to begin the organic poultry feed
09/01/2013 11:31:04 AM CDT
Denise Drake says ...
I can not believe that I have to search out Organic meats as though it was an odd thing to not have god knows what science experiment in your food....Just say no to anything fed GMO...JUST SAY NO. I would think that whole foods and Harrys would not even consider putting anything GMO in there store...Really...
09/09/2013 10:15:46 PM CDT
Sam says ...
Interesting stuff. Could use this as a reference for my food chemistry assignment
09/12/2013 5:18:08 PM CDT
alexandra says ...
Could you please tell me if there is an allowable amount of extraneous non meat product in your organic/free farm ground beef?
10/25/2013 4:52:50 PM CDT
nessa says ...
If some of you have an issue w/ the way the animal is slaughtered maybe you should go vegetarian. I have been fir almost two years. I am in no way affiliated with whole food markets but reading some if the comments I couldn't resist posting. Yes I eat organic, but seriously stop bashing this co. when you yourself eat meat!
10/26/2013 6:16:47 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ALEXANDRA - All of the ground meat sold in our meat department will be fresh ground in house. It will never contain any byproducts.
10/28/2013 5:14:58 PM CDT
John Williams says ...
What is actually contained in the Feed that you give, particularly, to the cattle (and other animals)?
11/01/2013 3:16:43 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOHN - This will differ between ranchers. You can check with your local store to find out what the vendors in their area feed their animals. They will be happy to look in to this for you.
11/04/2013 1:42:41 PM CST
Dianna says ...
Are all your meats organic, step 1 through step 5?
11/05/2013 10:30:02 AM CST
nelli says ...
Does the organic grass fed beef sold at WF still contain the red food dye? It looks like it does. Is there any getting away from the red food dye in red meat?
11/06/2013 10:10:29 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DIANNA - Our Animal Welfare Standards are specifically about animal welfare. An organic standard is based on completely different criteria. However, some of our Step-rated meats are also certified organic.
11/06/2013 6:04:00 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NELLI - We do not allow any artificial dye in any of our products. If the grass-fed meat appears more red, it's possible because grass-fed meat tends to be more lean, which will have less marbling.
11/06/2013 6:05:54 PM CST

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