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Faith Ahik says ...
The logo is attractive. What makes Whole Foods "standards" so high? You mention prohibiting preservatives. What environment does your seafood spend their time in? Why is it superior? If farmed, are the fish treated with anything on any kind of a basis to prevent disease and if so, is it harmful to human consumption? If not harmful, how long has testing been done to qualify safety? Exactly how is it that your seafood sources are healthier than other competitors? General testimonies are helpful and compelling. I have personally noticed for the past month or so that there has been no hot seafood dishes in the hot buffet section at your stores and wondered why. There is hot seafood soup in the seafood department but I am speaking of the larger, general buffet/resturant section. I shop at Whole Foods often and eat there often as well. It has a clean and friendly ambiance and the food tastes good. I hope Whole Foods continues on their upward spiral despite the relatively recent changes in the organization, administratively. Most sincerely, Faith.
02/04/2010 5:52:07 AM CST
kristi says ...
what are farm raised salmon fed?
02/15/2010 9:06:59 AM CST
Pamela Lavender Grant says ...
I like the new logo....I would like to see an oyster, but I can live!!!
02/17/2010 7:58:33 PM CST
Diane says ...
First off, I looooooove the fact that you are selling a lot of MSC certified fish. Can we eliminate all the others?! There is no need for it. You are doing such a great job providing customers with sustainable seafood choices. That being said, PLEASE DO NOT SELL FARMED SALMON OF ANY KIND! PLease please please. You are misleading consumers to think that inland farming of salmon is ok. It is not. Salmon is a carnivorous fish and therefore it takes fish to eat fish. Salmon not fed other fish is not proper diet for the salmon. Therefore, farming salmon is not sustainable. Please make a commitment to only sell wild salmon. Your attempt at an eco efficient solution is spending time in the wrong direction. It is not a solution and later on we will have the same problems as we do in the cattle industry. It seems so simple to just eliminate farmed salmon and only sell wild salmon in whole food stores instead of trying to fix an unfixable problem. CONSUMERS PLEASE READ***Also, you should not label your farmed salmon in the stores as "sustainably farmed" if it is in the process of certification from this "3rd party". That is beyond irresponsible. If I am in med school can I call myself a Dr. before I finish? No! Then why would you mislead customers to think they are buying something sustainable when it isnt. Please remove these signs from all whole foods markets
03/21/2010 12:23:30 PM CDT
Diane says ...
Sorry one more fact. This is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium site: "One of the biggest concerns is the amount of food required to raise farmed salmon. It generally takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. The environmental impact of salmon farming is still increasing as global production continues to rise. " ***Inland farming reduces toxins in farmed salmon but doesnt not eliminate the issue that salmon farming of any kind has a negative impact on the environment due to the fact that they are carnivores.
03/21/2010 12:30:47 PM CDT
Not A Sheep says ...
You people are all gullible fools.
03/31/2010 9:41:13 AM CDT
George says ...
how do you certify that the farmed salmon are not passing their ever present sea lice onto wild juvenile salmon? Sea lice from salmon farms are one of the most significant threats facing wild salmon.
06/04/2010 9:11:50 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@George Our Quality Standards for Farmed Salmon have a number of requirements to address this issue. Our standards are available to the public online and we encourage you to check them out http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/aquaculture.php. In this document you will find several standards that address the issue. For example, we do not allow producers to use in-feed parasiticide treatments such as emamectin benzoate (Slice). This standard helps us prevent sourcing from farms that have serious sea lice problems, as they typically depend on Slice and use it quite heavily. We also have siting requirements that require farms to be located at adequate distances from areas known to be important for wild salmon populations. For all of our standards, we use third-party audits to ensure that our standards are being met. In addition, the sea lice and wild salmon interaction issue is especially critical in British Columbia due to the density of salmon farms located in areas where there are thriving wild salmon populations. We are not sourcing farmed salmon from that region. Hopefully this addresses your concerns.
06/09/2010 8:58:35 AM CDT
Gina Emerick says ...
To Diane, Bravo to you! I have been listening to Chef Rick Moonen who is a true sustainable seafood advocate. Sounds like you are too.
08/04/2010 2:32:47 PM CDT
Diane says ...
To Gina...I have never heard of that chef but now I want to check him out! Actually in the process of receiving my undergrad in Biology at UCLA I had the amazing fortune to have classes taught by some of the worlds leading conservationists. I learned sooooo much about true conservation and what is really good for our planet. Unfortunately in the US we have consistently put a band aid over the situation with the concept that recycling is the answer. While recycling is essential, not doing the damage in the first place is the only sustainable answer. This is why the "responsible farmed salmon" drives me nuts because biologically it is not possible. ***Notice how the whole foods rep didnt address my comments. Because there is no way to justify producing fish in order to produce salmon.
08/07/2010 1:31:31 AM CDT
David Lu says ...
Why does whole seafoods go strictly by the standards set by two environmental groups without actually checking the reliability of the groups themselves data--both these groups use scientific agenda based data some of which is supplied by the curropt Fisheries Management Divisions under NOAA, which has been under scrunity from the Commerce department for agenda based science (survey nets with holes cut in them) and also for unfair and unchecked law enforcement practices.
09/25/2010 1:08:12 AM CDT
Aileen says ...
My concern is the PCB levels in the fish, namely Salmon. What are the current levels? I did look at your website on the standards, and saw that there is testing annually with the goal to reduce the concentrations of PCB to the maximum recommended contaminant level of 0.011ppm (11ppb). Has this goal been reached? What are the current levels now for Salmon?
09/26/2010 3:31:05 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
Thanks, Aileen, for writing. Our third-party auditors review lab results to evaluate the status of suppliers in meeting all of our standards. Producers can lower PCB levels in their fish by changing how they source feed ingredients. Some real good work has gone into addressing this issue. I’m sorry but we can’t post test results on our website.
09/27/2010 3:01:38 PM CDT
Aileen says ...
Thank you Paige for responding, but I would like to know what's in my fish when I purchase it. How can I find out what the levels currently are and if the goals are being met? Is there a phone number that I can call to have my questions answered?
10/14/2010 1:17:11 PM CDT
Molly Gil says ...
Is all of the farm raised fish sold at WF responsibly farmer? In particular I am interested in the Norwegian farmed salmon. Thanks
07/07/2011 7:55:52 PM CDT
Linda Keith Anderson says ...
Thank you for providing such wonderful seafood! I appreciate your commitment to quality. I love everything about your store and this is yet another thing to love. Many thanks and keep up the good work!
07/18/2011 7:12:19 PM CDT
Linda Keith Anderson says ...
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your commitment to “Responsibly Farmed” seafood. I feel extremely lucky to have access to the wonderful food choices that Whole Foods provides. I have completely restored my health in recent years through proper nutrition and I love the fact that I can count on Whole Foods to deliver food that is not only delicious, but responsible. Keep up the good work and, again, many thanks!
07/18/2011 9:53:05 PM CDT
Bobby Hawley says ...
@Molly Gil, Our Catfish, Salmon and Shrimp with the “Responsibly Farmed” Seafood logo are guaranteed to be responsibly framed. We are also expanding our aquaculture standards to include even more species. To see our quality standards click here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/aquaculture.php
07/19/2011 12:24:23 PM CDT
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08/05/2011 11:39:03 AM CDT
Sarah says ...
I am surprised that Whole Foods is in support of farm raised seafood that are grain fed. I understand that this allows for more sustainable seafood, but why not support farm raised fish that are fed a natural fish diet? Farm raised fish that is fed grain never tastes right.
06/13/2012 11:52:26 AM CDT
Carrie James says ...
Thank You, Whole Foods for helping to bring conscious farming to our fisheries! You've just won over a purchaser to Farm Raised fish at Whole Foods market. Carrie A. James
09/14/2012 12:15:46 PM CDT
Michelle Adato says ...
Your website does not say anything about whether you do anything to reduce PCBs in your farm raised salmon. Please explain this. Thank you.
11/03/2012 8:29:47 PM CDT
Deb says ...
does this mean that you don't use antibiotics?
01/30/2013 11:43:52 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DEB - None of the meat sold in our stores will have any antibiotics added.
01/30/2013 2:09:18 PM CST
George Eliason says ...
Bohunk! The amount of pollution generated from farmed salmon "feedlots" is staggering. The sea lice that outmigrant salmon smolts get from passing by farmed salmon pens contributes to the decline of wild and sometimes threatened salmon. I am baffled that Whole Foods does not sell exclusively wild Alaskan salmon. George
03/28/2013 4:08:30 PM CDT

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