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jane says ...
I'm wondering if organic meat means that the animals are treated humanly? Or does that not matter. Thank you
11/23/2013 10:09:37 PM CST
Jen says ...
is all pork sold at whole foods market organic? I have never seen any labeling, organic or not.
11/27/2013 11:23:38 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JANE - It absolutely matters. For any meat we sell in our stores, organic or not, the farms must meet our Global Animal Partnership. You can read all about our step ratings at http://wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards.
11/27/2013 3:22:15 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JEN - Not all the meat we sell in our stores is organic. There should be signage at your local store if the pork is organic or not. If you are not sure, ask a meat team member and they'll be happy to help!
11/27/2013 3:26:09 PM CST
Katie says ...
Organic meat does NOT mean that these animals are sent to less harsh slaughter conditions. It just means strictly the above.
01/13/2014 6:08:14 AM CST
Elsa Sell says ...
There is nothing (yet) in the USDA regulations on organic feed for meat animals restricting the use of genetically engineered grains! Go check out the USDA regulations!
01/15/2014 10:04:42 AM CST
Jan says ...
Whole Foods Market has the best of everything and are no more expensive than most other markets. They go out of their way to accommodate their customers. Love that store!!
02/06/2014 6:20:31 PM CST
Jana Mooney says ...
I have actually been surprised by the small amount of organic or level 5 meat available at my local Whole Foods. Will this be changing?
03/05/2014 10:12:00 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JANA - We're always looking for organic vendors and others that meet our step rating. Our vendors will differ between stores so check with your local meat department to see what vendors they have that meet these standards.
03/05/2014 10:47:25 AM CST
elise del rio says ...
I am currently undergoing treatments for cancer and was told that I should not eat meat or eggs containing soy. My question is, do meat and eggs that claim to be organic contain soy, are the animals fed any soy products? What should I look for are vegetarian eggs from chickens that are not fed soy? HELP.
03/27/2014 5:08:45 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ELISE - Organic eggs can still contain soy, it would just need to be certified organic soy. If you're looking to avoid soy, you'll want to look for a specific soy free egg (which is typically displayed on the package). Vegetarian fed eggs can still be fed soy. Our items differ but my local store carries a brand from Jeremiah Cunningham that has a soy free option that is clearly displayed on the package.
03/27/2014 7:01:17 PM CDT
mary says ...
gmo-free is not the same as organic. organic pertains to the chemicals used to treat plants/animals. GMO free is entirely different. so - just because soemthing is USDA certified organic, does not make it GMO free.
05/16/2014 12:05:18 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARY - This is actually not correct. The USDA organic standards prohibit the use of GMO ingredients in any items that are certified organic, along with other components such as pesticides use as you mentioned. Secondly, according to the Non-GMO Project, “GMO free” and similar claims are not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology. In addition, the risk of contamination to seeds, crops, ingredients and products is too high to reliably claim that a product is “GMO free.” You can find more details on their site at http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal/.
05/16/2014 1:15:14 PM CDT
eric says ...
This is awesome I recently started talking to a coworker who's on an organic diet but without meat and I decided to do some research because I want to better my life. As of June 6th, I am starting an organic diet
05/27/2014 1:41:05 PM CDT
James pierson says ...
I have been a customer of Whole food for over 10 years buying around $300 in groceries weekly not counting close to a $100 in supplements. Lately I have been very inquisitive about the quality and the reality of statements made about your products due to the poor answers given by some of your employees when asked and usually different depending on whom you ask! This shows lack of knowledge in their part and probably lack of management education and training. I also found a few of your rotisserie chickens being out under a light for over 7 hours which I brought to management attention and he took out of the case. I bring these items up not to criticize or annoy anyone but to inform you that these actions induce the customer to lose faith in a company in which they had relied on for the safety of the products they buy. Now this forces us to get educated so we can check the products and combat the inconsistent answers of your employees with real facts. you have written a good article that partially answers the question most of us customers ask ourselves and others. I found this article by googling the subject. I say partially because although what you say its true I learned directly from the USDA website that there are many other protocols and rules to be followed to be certified organic by a third party. And by the way they are very DIFFICULT to comply. Bottom line I don't understand why a store of your category that has been marketed as one who sells many organic products and has a very strict standard on the other items they do sell would not CLEARLY state this inside their store! The customers rely on your marketing statements and reputation yet a new customer or even the old ones need to buy blindly because there is no store posted information. By store I mean WHOLEFOOD not a poster of some small farm and the owner as the meat clerk pointed out when I asked about the meat. I don't deal with them I deal with you. You need to give me your guarantee of what you are selling because i will come back to you not that farmer he is your problem and you need him to guarantee the product to you as well as inspect once in a while to make sure its true or better yet insist on having their product certified organic before purchasing and this way you will avoid checking. You should be proud to advertise this inside of your store. Why would you not advertise a good thing? It will only increase your customer base and the confidence in your store and the products you sell. I suggest that at least in your meat department and fish dept you will post a sign explaining exactly what you are selling (certified organic, grass fed, grain fed, natural, no antibiotics, country of origin etc) and please don't mention the small tags in front of the meat trays that is not what I mean. I have been told by your meat employee WE ONLY SELL ORGANIC BEEF. Well if that is true please proudly post that in a big permanent sign. In the fish department I was told the fish were natural yet when I continued asking the real answer came out. He then said it was farm raised but in WHOLEFOOD farms that were all natural. I immediately returned all the fish I had bought. I only eat wild caught and assume that is the only kind you sold based on your reputation. So you see if you would consider this it would be a win win situation for you by gaining new and more customer to consume the good things you sell and stand behind completely, avoid misinformation by employees, and for the customer by being educated about what you GUARANTEE and gaining more confidence. You should also consider the same in the hot food department where NO ONE knows if they are eating organic, natural, conventional or a combination. Again most people have trusted your reputation and assume they are eating ALL organic and this may not be true. If it is SCREAM IT TO THE WORLD it will make you unique and gain a larger reputation. But as it is now only God knows what is or is not included in these daily meals. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL TAKE ACTION FOR THE BENEFITS OF ALL!
05/29/2014 10:13:07 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JAMES - Thank you for the feedback and my apologies there isn't more signage at your local store. I would be happy to pass along your feedback directly to store leadership at your local store since signage is made at the store level. Let me know which location and I'd be happy to pass along your feedback!
05/30/2014 12:55:47 PM CDT
Susan Danuloff says ...
Do you have ammonia free chicken? Is Free range ammonia free? Need for diet. How much does it cost?
06/24/2014 10:07:24 AM CDT
Zoë says ...
I have been vegetarian for about 10 years and have recently been entertaining the idea of eating meat again. My reasons for going vegetarian are the treatment of the animals and all the weird/dangerous drugs they pump into the animals. I feel very strongly about this and I am merely entertaining the idea for health reasons. So the fact that the animals aren't filled with drugs is great, but is only half the solution for me. Are the animals treated fairly? Are they tortured for hours or days on end prior to their death like the industrial meat companies do? And where can I find meat that actually meets my personal requirements?
06/28/2014 2:35:20 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ZOE - We have strict standards for the meat we sell in our stores. You can read more about our standards and our partnership with the Global Animal Partnership at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards.
06/30/2014 11:36:23 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSAN - Our prices will differ between stores so check with your local store to see what their price per pound is. The USDA requires that processors rinse poultry with an anti-microbial after evisceration. This is true for water-chilled and air-chilled poultry. This is regulated by the USDA and is done in accordance with National Organic Standards. Anti-microbials, like chlorine or acidified sodium chlorite, are used to help control the spread of bacteria. Shoppers should consult the USDA website for more information: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/.
07/01/2014 4:49:50 PM CDT
Jacki Bourgeois says ...
Hello, I went to buy red meat from 2 different whole food stores, and 1 person told me that the non-organic meat was finished off 90 days, with corn, potatoes, etc, and then the next store told me that the non-organic meat was finished off, the 90 days, with alfalfa, and NO Corn, Please let me know what it really is. Thank you!! Jacki
08/17/2014 9:40:12 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JACKI - Since we have different vendors for our meat, the feed will differ between vendors. Even if they are stores in the same city, it is possible that you received a varied answer since the vendor is different. If you are concerned about feed, I would suggest looking for grass-fed beef as it will be grass finished as well.
08/18/2014 12:23:40 PM CDT

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