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FRANKIE NEAL says ...
FROM THE GREENVILLE AREA S C NOW LIVING IN THE FLORENCE AREA WHERE THERE ARE NONE OF YOUR STORES. CAN U RECOMEND A STORE HERE WHERE I CAN BUY ANTOBITICS FREE MEATS ETC... THANKS FOR THE INFO....
12/11/2012 9:29:33 PM CST
Ferdinand Marcic says ...
Why do you sell meat at all? Stop feeding the márket. Let the animals have their own lives, help people stay healthier, & clean up the environment instead.
03/07/2013 1:19:30 AM CST
Dana says ...
I've looked up WF's standards which led me to the Global Animal Partnership (5 step program) and looked at the section for chicken (I eat chicken the most so I started there). While this blog says WF doesn't use antibiotics at all, the 5 step program says otherwise? I quote, "Version 2.0 no longer requires chickens treated therapeutically with antibiotics, ionophores, or sulfa drugs to be removed from the 5-Step program. (NOTE: 2.5 prohibits all sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics, ionophores, beta agonists, and sulfa drugs.)" Here is where I found it: http://www.globalanimalpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Changes-to-the-5-Step-Chicken-Standards-v1-and-v2.0.pdf I don't mean to be a hater nor do I wish I weren't so cynical (but reality makes you that way) but I want to know the truth. When programs such as this 5-step or certified humane program say they use antibiotics for therapeutic reasons (i.e. when the animal is distressed) - that's BS. The animal isn't supposed to be distressed in the first place and explain to me what you define as "distressed." Is WF selling their meats based on the 5 step program's standards or does WF have even HIGHER standards which includes no usage of antibiotics at all? A clarification is all I ask and please, without the ambiguity, fallacies and gloating. Else I'm back to being a vegetarian and you can say goodbye to my business.
05/16/2013 10:42:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DANA - You are correct that GAP’s v2.0 standards for chicken allows birds to be treated therapeutically with antibiotics. This change went into effect April 1, 2013, when these revised standards were implemented. However, please rest assured that Whole Foods Market does not allow birds that are treated with antibiotics, therapeutically or sub-therapeutically, to be sold in our stores. We believe that good management practices are a better way to maintain animal health.
05/20/2013 4:50:00 PM CDT

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