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Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KATHLEEN - There is a good deal of misinformation circulating regarding 365 products from China.  Much of this information stems from a 2008 news piece that is both inaccurate and outdated. As of the summer of 2010, we are no longer sourcing any of our Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value frozen vegetables from China EXCEPT for frozen edamame (shelled and unshelled, organic and conventional).
02/06/2013 3:32:12 PM CST
ANDREW says ...
Please make your packages more clear as to where the product is actually from. As it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out. And don't get me wrong i love your stores, but if this keeps up you will lose a lot of business me included.
02/22/2013 7:37:31 AM CST
Sue says ...
Wow. I am just shocked that Whole Foods is willing to offer anything from China. I don't have time to read every label while I am grocery shopping and now feel that I would have to do that in your store. I have shopped at Whole Foods for years, oftentimes driving over an hour to get to your store. How are we to trust your prepared foods in your deli or salad bar as they are never labeled? Sorry, but until you make a commitment to keeping us safe from China and their tactics, I am afraid that my $300 per week is going to have to go somewhere else. I am not going to pay your high prices when you are buying from China. And sorry, I don't believe anything is really organic over there. Their pollution alone makes it all unsafe in my book.
03/02/2013 9:51:52 AM CST
Jason Marino says ...
At better Prices!?! At better Prices!?! At better Prices!?! If I were concerned about prices, I wouldn't be shopping at Whole Foods. I do not want products from China and do not care at all about what the USDA says about it. I do not want to purchase from China, because I do not want to contribute to the trade deficit and China is evil from an environmental perspective. I do not want to have to check labels either. I expected better from Whole Foods and will not allow my family to shop there any longer. I plan to spread this message everywhere in hopes it will change your misguided ways.
04/03/2013 12:24:53 PM CDT
Pattyjuozaitis says ...
I will not even touch any food from china. I wil go without if I even suspect it is from china. I am shocked that your store would even think of using that disgusting crap they call food. You clearly have never lived there. Organic, China, come on! Shark fin soup anyone? Can you say "Slave Labour."
04/03/2013 5:51:35 PM CDT
Neil says ...
Wondering if this thread could be updated - published "cancer village" map as well NPR marketplace reports in April 2013. Thanks wfm for considering. Neil
04/18/2013 2:52:26 AM CDT
Nancy Stevens says ...
To be completely candid, I was shocked to read the label on the Dried Edamame I just brought home from Whole Foods: "Product of China". The U.S. produces over half of the world's soybeans! Why on earth is Whole Foods sourcing their food products from China? The previous posts state more eloquently than I am able to do now on just how disappointing it is for loyal customers paying premium prices to learn that their food is coming from China. How many of the ingredients in the prepared fresh foods and salads are from China? As customers, we have no way of knowing this. Those items are not labeled with 'country of origin'. Truly disappointed in Whole Foods on so many levels.
06/07/2013 1:32:24 PM CDT
Ronda says ...
Recently I started drinking Do Matcha tea from Japan. I researched matcha tea before starting to drink it and learned that tea from China is not recommended due to the lead content due to air pollution in China. This seems like another issue we should consider before consuming organics from China. I really don't like how small the China label is on your Pinenuts and pumpkin seed bins. Another consideration are vitamins. I think vitamin companies should have to state on their label where their ingredients are sourced from.
06/08/2013 9:46:29 AM CDT
Joanne McLeod says ...
I am only interested in buying vegetables and fruit grown in North America. Can I find them at Whole Foods? It is a simple question which does not require a diatribe defending the ethics or capabilities of the Chinese.
06/12/2013 9:57:17 PM CDT
Claudia says ...
Hi, i guess i am just surprised that Wholefoods would sell foods from China. I mean Wholefoods is pro for the environment and makes sure that their products are not tested on animals, etc..and buying from a country like China is like going against everything that you are. China has the worst laws for child labor and labor in general. China eats dog meat and they are proud of it...they even call it a tradition. China has no laws for animal rights. And, is by far the country where most animal abuses take place and to mention a few: animals trapped for their fur to be skinned alive in fur farms, animals boiled alive to end of plate, abuses in zoos, etc. Buying from China is basically telling the Chinese that in our view is ok what they do. And, i strongly disagree with this. I have been buying frozen veggies from China? where i myself try boycott anything that comes from that country? it makes me angry and disappointed. And, makes Wholefoods look like their values are a joke.
07/23/2013 1:06:15 PM CDT
elaine says ...
Just bought pine nuts from Whole Foods and realized they were produced in China. Bye Bye Whole Foods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You continue to lose your crediability as being a step above big box grocery stores. I was thrilled when WF moved to Charleston SC to provide excellent products and now you have succumbed to CHINA IMPORTS!!!! Do you buy chicken, shrimp, and rice from them also?
08/04/2013 2:19:12 PM CDT
JT says ...
I buy organic leafy greens every week, along with many other organic vegetables. A new Whole Foods store opened up in my area so I thought about finding out what Whole Foods has in their produce section that is organic. Nothing is labeled, the produce was not packaged, there was no packaging with a USDA seal on it, it just says "organic" on a little shelf tab. I walked out right then and there. Now to find out it is most likely from China. That is just sickening. I feel bad for all of those gullible people who shop there without educating themselves first. I'll never buy anything from Whole Foods. They must think we are all idiots. I also found out about their connection with Monsanto. It sounds like this company is going to implode at some point, especially with easy access to information on the internet.
08/09/2013 10:47:17 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JT - All of our produce items should list where the item is grown. If it is not on the chalkboard then it's possible that the tag on the produce will have the location. Lastly, you can always ask a produce team member and they can definitely find out for you.
08/12/2013 12:42:32 PM CDT
Javaywo says ...
From a company like yours, it is completely unconscionable. I don't buy pet food from China. Why would I buy food for human consumption from China. Really, you need to rethink this, I know it's been a while, I just hope people continue to "re-post" this old article.
08/15/2013 10:19:00 PM CDT
Alice Etienne says ...
I am adamant about eating vegetables grown in the US. During the spring and summer months I support the local farmers and during winter months I search for frozen vegetables only grown in the US. I have even frozen my vegetables during summer months,but due to my hectic schedule I never have enough to sustain me through the winter months. Many stores do not give you an option. Thank you for that option!!! My only disillusionment is that you have to pay an arm and a leg to eat food grown in your country, but I guess that's the price you have to pay for being in the minority.That being said I still want to express my gratitude.
08/27/2013 8:41:31 AM CDT
Jack says ...
I am not only concerned about "365" branded "organic" frozen foods sourced from China, but all "365" branded products irregardless. Over time, cheaper "365" branded goods have taken over locally sourced goods in stores on every shelf (at least here), not only eliminating the very "local sourcing" that is at the very foundation of Whole Foods, but also eliminating the ability to see where something was made. All "365" branded goods have "distributed by" or "manufacture for" "Whole Foods, Austin, TX" on their labels, pretty much hiding the source supplier, meaning any/all goods could be coming from China. Some of my favorite local brands have disappeared from store shelves and are replaced by "365" with generic labels hiding the source/supplier. I like to ensure that I buy everything local/county/state/US, in that order. I buy nothing labeled "365" as there is no guarantee where it was sourced and due to the lower prices, it could all very well be coming from China. If Whole Foods continues to erode local brands and replace product with their own, I will no longer shop there as it no longer becomes a "farmer's market" but just as generic as all big box retailers which sell everything (made in China) under their own cheap brands. Please reverse this trend and stop invading the shelves with your own labels whose origins we cannot trace. Or at least print on all products where it was made (company, city, state).
09/10/2013 2:03:08 AM CDT
Alma Thomas says ...
I am concerned about the USDA decision to allow chicken to be grown in the US and processed in China without being labeled as such. I have been to China... Despite your statement to the contrary, I cannot believe that any food grown, processed or shipped from China can be safe, even if labeled organic. I depend on Whole Foods to provide organic food for my family. How will I know if the food I am buying has been off-shore? FYI... I trust you more than the USDA... I don't trust the USDA AT ALL... So if you tell me you are relying on the USDA, it is a no go for me.
10/12/2013 9:03:12 AM CDT
Tony Maietta says ...
Thank you for the clarification. But you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't address the most shocking part of the video, granted it's five years old. The "California Vegetables" label was hard to get around. You really should address that. It was misleading at best. To leave that out of this response, is a big mistake and isn't helping your case. It's hurting it more.
10/23/2013 11:57:15 AM CDT
McNutt says ...
Everyone wants to wave their American flag, while they wear there USA t-shirts. Yet no one wants to pay the price of locally produced products or simply put - they can not afford to. Our society is so backwards right now. The 1% make their money off the backs of the poor. We exploit China and India with no concern at all. As long as its cheaper. We are doomed. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
10/25/2013 3:51:31 PM CDT
Betty Belmonte says ...
Can you tell me where the organic 365 mixed vegetables are grown?
12/09/2013 5:54:32 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BETTY - The country of origin (which should also be on the package) is the USA.
12/13/2013 3:34:43 PM CST
chungbin yim says ...
"To be clear, we did not make this change because of quality concerns, we were simply able to find other sources for these products at better prices." Please do not insult consumers' intelligence. You just happened to find "other sources" conveniently at this juncture? And of course "at better prices" which is the bottom line of your business, NOT "better quality."
12/24/2013 11:58:46 AM CST
Carol Lohaus says ...
Will you be getting any chicken products from China?
01/08/2014 4:32:04 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CAROL - Our chicken suppliers for our North American stores are in the US and Canada, no facilities are located in China.
01/09/2014 2:38:36 PM CST
Brandi says ...
There are only about 5% or your customers who listen when you say "USDA approved." DO NOT EVER think that such a statement is ok to hide behind when making business decisions. We buy organic because USDA and EPA and whatever gov approved is meaningless to us. Nothing but bought out lies to comfort the ignorant and ignorant ppl do not tend to shop at your store. You make plenty, we are willing to pay plenty, don't screw it up.
02/17/2014 8:29:43 AM CST

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