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Peanut Butter Recall -- Updated 2/10/09 5pm

******Updated 2/16/09******** Please refer to our latest blog post for updates on the PCA recall. ******* Updated 2/10/09 5pm CST ******* Products added to recall list: Erin Baker’s Home-style Granola – Peanut Butter flavor SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Clusters******* Updated 2/6/09 4pm CST ******* Products added to recall list: Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies Boston Cookies Peanut Fudge Brownies Kariba Farms Thai Peanut NutCrusters Coating Mix KA-ME Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix ******Updated 2/4/09 7pm CST****** Products added to recall list: ReNew Life Formulas Organic Fiber Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bulk: Caribbean Crunch Grail Mix Aunt Pattys Trail Mix Org Cascade Aunt Patty Trail Mix Mt Hood Lot number expansion for previously recalled items: Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars For our Canadian customers, please note that the CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The CFIA is also working with Canadian manufacturers to recall foods containing affected U.S. peanuts. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products. The following foods, manufactured in Canada, are affected: see: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/20090203be.shtml The following foods, manufactured in the United States of America, are affected: see: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/20090203be.shtml For the complete list of recalled products, including those listed above; please visit our web site at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/2009typhe.shtml *****Updated 2/3/09 5pm CST***** Items added to recall list: Earth Island Follow Your Heart Deli Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap Pure Butter Crickle, Peanut - Green Gift Box Expanded lots announced on previously recalled products: Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai ThinkThin Dark Chocolate ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide *****Updated 2/3/09 9am CST***** Confirming that our Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse Peanut Butter Cookies are not affected by the recall. Added to recall list: Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast Chunks of Energy Cranberry Apricot, Organic ****Updated 2/2/09 6pm CST**** Added to recall list: Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Peanut Butter Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Club Pack Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookie Club Pack Kashi™ TLC™ Happy Trail Mix Chewy Cookies Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Raisin Flax Chewy Cookies ***Updated 2/2/09 11am CST*** Added to recall list: Detour Bars, several varieties including Runner, Biker and Core Strength. No national distribution. ***Updated 1/31/09 6pm CST*** More products have been added to the recall list. See bottom of this post for the full list. Packaged items added to recall 1/31/09: Barron Specialty Foods’ Thai Curry with Peanuts Seasoning Mix Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Shrimp Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Tofu Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles Bear Naked Appalachian Trail Mix Bulk items added to recall 1/31/09: Milk Chocolate Peanuts Carob Peanuts Chocolate Bridge Mix 5-Grain Granola Yogurt Peanuts Please note: Many manufacturers receive their supply of ingredients from multiple vendors. Therefore, not all products listed below are recalled in total, but rather specific lot or batch numbers made on certain dates. Please link through to our Product Recalls page to get more specifics directly from each manufacturer. Also, the Clifbar, Luna & Mojo items and the Nature’s Path Optimum Energy Bars listed below have been expanded to include additional lot numbers. **Updated 1/30/09 5pm CST** Numerous packaged and bulk products added to recall list at bottom of post. *Updated 1/30/09 4pm CST* Our Private Label Products Not Sourced from PCA Whole Foods Market has determined through the vendors of our private label products that none of these items contain peanuts or peanut butter sourced from the recalled suppliers. You may continue to enjoy:

  • Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse Peanut Butter Cookies added 2/3/09
  • 365 Organic Peanut Butter Pretzels
  • Whole Ranch Thai Peanut Marinade
  • 365 Organic Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Organic Organic No Salt Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Organic Organic Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Organic Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Whole Paws Hip & Joint Formula Dog Biscuits
  • Whole Paws Healthy Coat Formula Dog Biscuits
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Mixed Sesame Bar
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Granola Bar
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Cranberry Delight Bar
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Trail Mix Bar
  • 365 Peanuts Roasted & Salted
  • 365 Peanuts in Shell Salted Ballpark
  • 365 Peanuts in Shell Unsalted Ballpark
  • 365 Roasted & Salted Peanuts
  • 365 Peanuts Salted in Shell
  • 365 Peanuts Unsalted in Shell
  • 365 Peanuts Roasted & Salted
  • 365 Cranberry Trail Mix
  • Whole Kitchen Cashew Chicken
  • Whole Kitchen Pad Thai
  • Whole Catch Pad Thai: Shrimp
  • 365 Organic Organic Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 365 Organic Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 365 Organic Organic Peanut Butter Pows
  • 365 Organic Organic Fruit, Chocolate & Nut Mix
  • 365 Organic Roasted Salted Redskin Peanuts
  • 365 Organic Roasted Unsalted Redskin Peanuts
  • 365 Organic Chocolate Banana & Nut Mix
  • 365 Organic Organic Peanut Sauce

Source ingredients for bulk, bakery and prepared foods items are being investigated. You are welcome to return any peanut-containing product to our stores for a full refund. We will provide updates on recalled items from other vendors as we learn of them. -- Original Post 1/29/09 The Peanut Butter Corporation of American (PCA) has now expanded their recall to include all styles of peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia, facility since January 1, 2007. The recall now includes products that contain: * peanut granules * peanut meal * dry roasted peanuts * oil roasted peanuts * peanut butter * peanut paste This greatly expands the scope of this health issue and every manufacturer of peanut-containing foods, including us, will need to re-examine their products. On their website, the FDA continues to state "Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores are not affected by the PCA recall." You are welcome to return any peanut-containing product to our stores for a full refund. We don't have many answers at this point but wanted to make our customers aware of the situation.  Please refer to the FDA's website for more specifics. Please note: While new research is being conducted, we will not be able to answer questions about specific peanut related products. We will provide updates to the situation as they become available. Additionally, our answers to previous comments on our former blog post about the recall are not necessarily accurate any longer given the new developments. As of Thursday, Jan. 29, the following products that we carry have been recalled: Recalled Packaged Products

  • Arico Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookie Bars added 1/30/09
  • Aurora Caribbean Crunch Grail mix
  • Barron Specialty Foods’ Thai Curry with Peanuts Seasoning Mix added 1/31/09
  • Bear Naked Appalachian Trail Mix added 1/31/09
  • Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies added 2/6/09
  • Boston Cookies Peanut Fudge Brownies added 2/6/09
  • Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars
  • Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars
  • Chunks of Energy Carob/Hawaiian Spirulina
  • Chunks of Energy High Country Gorp
  • Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast added 2/3/09
  • Chunks of Energy Cranberry Apricot, Organic added 2/3/09
  • Clif 24-count Variety Pack
  • Clif Builder’s Peanut Butter bars
  • Clif Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch bars
  • Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bars
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Peanut butter bars
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Variety Pack
  • Clif Mini’s Variety Pack
  • Clif Pecan Toffee Buzz bars
  • Cliff Builder’s 18-count Variety Pack
  • Detour Bars, several varieties including Runner, Biker and Core Strength added 2/2/09
  • Earth Island Follow Your Heart Deli Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap added 2/3/09
  • Erin Baker’s Home-style Granola – Peanut Butter flavor added 2/10/09
  • Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai added 1/31/09
  • Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Shrimp added 1/31/09
  • Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Tofu added 1/31/09
  • Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles added 1/31/09
  • Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars added 2/2/09
  • Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars added 2/2/09
  • Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars
  • JamFrakas Peanut Butter BlissCrisp snack bars
  • KA-ME Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix added 2/6/09
  • Kariba Farms Thai Peanut NutCrusters Coating Mix added 2/6/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Peanut Butter added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Club Pack added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookie Club Pack added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Happy Trail Mix Chewy Cookies added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Raisin Flax Chewy Cookies added 2/2/09
  • LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Luna Mini’s Variety Pack
  • Luna Nutz Over Chocolate bars
  • Luna Peanut Butter Cookie bars
  • Marin Carob Energee Nuggets
  • MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut bars
  • MOJO Dipped Fruit & Nut bars
  • MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter & Jelly bars
  • MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut bars
  • MOJO Mixed Nuts bars
  • MOJO Mountain Mix bars
  • MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel bars
  • Nature’s Path Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor bars
  • Pure Butter Crickle, Peanut - Green Gift Box added 2/3/09
  • ReNew Life Formulas Organic Fiber Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate added 2/4/09
  • Simbree® Oat Almond Pistash added 1/30/09
  • Simbree® Almond Pistachio Energy Bites added 1/30/09
  • Simbree® Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios added 1/30/09
  • SunRidge Chocolate Energy Bar (BULK)
  • SunRidge Energy Nuggets
  • SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Clusters added 2/10/09
  • ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide
  • ThinkThin Dark Chocolate
  • Tofu Energee Nuggets
  • Uncle Eddies Individual Organic Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Uncle Eddies Individual Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies
  • Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets
  • ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
  • ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars

Recalled Bulk Products added 1/30/09

  • 5-Grain Granola added 1/31/09
  • Aunt Pattys Trail Mix Org Cascade added 2/4/09
  • Aunt Patty Trail Mix Mt Hood added 2/4/09
  • Athlete's Mix
  • Baja Fiesta Mix
  • Cajun Hots
  • California Supreme Mix
  • Carob Peanuts added 1/31/09
  • Caribbean Crunch Grail Mix added 2/4/09
  • Cascade Trail Mix
  • Chocolate Bridge Mix added 1/31/09
  • Choco Cranberry Crunch Mix
  • Chocolate Cherry Munch Mix
  • Chocolate Peanuts added 1/31/09
  • Goji Berry Bliss Mix
  • Gourmet Trail Mix
  • Master Zen Party Mix
  • Mixed Nuts, Extra Fancy, Jr Mam, Halves, Raw  from assorted vendors
  • Mocha Madness Mix
  • Natural Gourmet Trail Mix
  • Nuts Over Peanut
  • On The Trail Mix
  • Paradise Mix
  • Peanut Butterstock
  • Peanuts Blanched OR/NS  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts Blanched OR/S  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts Raw Blanched  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts, Blanched Virginia  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts, Honey Roasted  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts, Spanish OR/S
  • Pocket of Chocolate Mix
  • Rainbow's End
  • Shelled Peanuts  from assorted vendors
  • Sunglow Snack Mix
  • Sweet Ragin Fire Mix
  • Wasabi Party Mix
  • Wasabi Peanuts
  • Yogurt Passion Mix
  • Yogurt Peanuts added 1/31/09

We will update this as more information becomes available. Remember that this list includes only products that we sell in our stores. We will not list information on products that we do not sell. That information is available on the FDA searchable database and we encourage you to go to their site.

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says …

@Chris Our 365 Everyday Value All Natural Creamy PB is *not* part of the recall.

Chris says …

so, I don't see whole foods 365 everyday value, all natural creamy peanut butter on your list, is this ok also?

paig292 says …

@BBB: I didn't mean to imply that we don't know our various sources of peanuts. We certainly do. Not all of our stores get peanuts and other bulk items from the same sources and sources can change for an individual store based on supply in their area. So, to ensure our customers receive the most accurate safety information, we are directing them to their store whose team members are physically conducting the recalls and know specifically what source of peanuts filled their grinders.

paig292 says …

@linda: According to the manufacturer's website, https://rikkirikki.powweb.com/dressings.html, Masa's Gourmet Thai Peanut Sauce is not affected by the recall.

Hillary says …

This is very scary. I eat granola bars every morning, they have yet to be recalled as far as I know but I would like confirmation on this: Cascadian Farms: Harvest Berry Granola Bars Are they safe to eat? I was shocked to see the Kashi TLC granola bars on there... Last week I finished off a box of the almond ones. Luckily I didnt get sick.

says …

@Hilary So far, we have no info about that specific product being included in the recalls. If you are concerned, I'd advise contacting Cascadian Farms directly before consuming the bars. (From their website) If you have comments, questions, or concerns about a specific product, please e-mail or call Cascadian Farm and General Mills Consumer Services Department at 1-800-624-4123 (M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., CST).

Suzanne says …

Our ministry makes 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed the homeless. I buy the tubs of peanut butter from a friend who owns a deli, that she can buy the case from her suppliers. The name of the Peanut Butter is AMERICA FARM SMOOTH PEANUT BUTTER. MANUFACTURED BY: PRODUCER'S PEANUT CO. INC. SUFFOLK, VA 23434 USA. Is this safe? Can you find out? If you can't, what should i do.

Phillip says …

According to this link... http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/brand_list.cfm?brand=Whole%20Foods%20Market&cat=Peanuts , Whole Foods is affected by this recall! As a long time customer, I am becoming increasingly disappointed by the lack of oversight of the products. This isn't the first time. I seem to remember a Coleman meats scandal not long ago. Whole Foods is supposed to be better and more aware of the source of its products. What makes you different from Safeway or Walmart exactly? I must say you are very close to losing my business forever! Fortunately for me, there is a food co-op in my area who never has to doubt the source of its products and the quality thereof. Shape up Whole Foods!!!!

Candace Nigh says …

I have a jar of Whole Foods 365 organic peanut butter. I've had it for quite a while and have eaten 3/4 of the jar with no illness. Just wanted to confirm that this brand is not on the recall list.

Dee says …

Thank you. So many people have Missed the Fact that the recall Involves food made with peanuts Processed at Blakely, Georgia, facility. Knowing the Paste or granules could be shipped else where and added to other Foods is a small fact most people would not be aware of.

Chryl Smith says …

is Skippy Peanut Butter okay?

paig292 says …

@Candace Nigh: We have been in contact with our vendor and received assurance that our 365 PL peanut butter, smooth and crunchy, is not sourced from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). @Chryl Smith: The FDA says "Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores are not affected by the PCA recall."

Bob Fryer says …

I purchased a container of the freshly ground peanuts approximately 2 weeks ago and, coincidentally(?), had stomach pains for several days. Any word on the raw peanuts being included?

Phillip says …

I am glad to hear of so many products of yours not being affected. I often times get grief from people about shopping at WholeFoods, but this is one of those times when I am glad I do. I hope that you all continue to work to ensure the suppliers are adhering to better than normal standards. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

Nicole says …

Is the Rosie's Frozen Peanutbutter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough that you sell ok? I bought some on 1/23 at the store in Waban. Thanks.

paig292 says …

@Bob: The PCA recall has been expanded to include whole peanuts. The FDA advises: "People who think they may have become ill from eating peanut products are advised to consult their health care providers." @Nicole: Vendors are currently assessing their ingredient sourcing and unless they notify us of a recall, we do not have the information about their products. The FDA advises: <blockquote>* Consumers are advised not to eat products that have been recalled and to throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them. * FDA urges consumers first to visit FDA's Web site to determine if commercially prepared or manufactured products containing peanut products from Peanut Corporation of America (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, ice cream, pet food or treats) are subject to recall. Identification of products subject to recall is continuing, and FDA will update its list of recalled products and advice based on new information. Consumers who do not have access to the Internet may obtain this information by calling FDA's information line at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or CDC's consumer information hotline that is staffed 24/7 at 1-800-CDC-INFO. * For information on products containing peanuts or peanut products as ingredients from companies not reporting recalls to date, consumers may wish to consult the company's Web site or call the toll-free number listed on most packaging. Information consumers may receive from the companies in this manner has not been verified by FDA. * If consumers cannot determine if their peanut products may contain peanut ingredients from PCA, FDA recommends they do not consume those products. Efforts to specifically identify products subject to the PCA recall and to continuously update consumers are ongoing. * People who think they may have become ill from eating peanut products are advised to consult their health care providers.</blockquote>

Alejandra says …

Thanks for this post. It's great to know that so many 365 products weren't affected!

Leah Klein says …

Skippy peanut butter seems to be okay according to the Peanut Council. I have a list of all the companies (including Whole Foods list) that have "safe" peanut products. http://www.examiner.com/x-1240-Boston-Family-Foodie-Examiner~y2009m1d31-Peanut-butter-recall--The-peanut-addicts-guide-to-what-is-still-safe

Mitzi Pilcher says …

I have purchased several bags of the Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. Are these safe?

paig292 says …

@Leah Klein: Thanks for sharing the information from the Peanut Butter Council. @Mitzi: We are only posting about products that we carry in our stores. You'll have to check with them.

Wake says …

I don't see the Whole Foods organic grind-your-own peanut butter on the list - what about it?

paig292 says …

@Wake and @peter beckman: You don't see grind-your-own peanut butter on the list because the peanuts come from various sources. Some of our whole peanut suppliers were affected by the PCA recall. You will need to check with your store specifically. @Ann: We have listed recall information that we are aware of. Additional recalls are announced daily, so you may want to check with the manufacturer directly. You are more than welcome to return the product for a full refund. @Joobi: When we contract with a manufacturer to produce a private label product, they request that we sign a confidentiality clause. So, we are not at liberty to answer your question. We can assure you that we have received confirmation that they do not source their ingredients from PCA.

Joobi says …

From what sources does WF's 365 peanut butter (regular, not organic) come from? And what about the organic? I seem to recall that many products, organic or not, come out of the same factories as chain store brands, etc. If you respond, please answer the questions and not some tangential issue, thanks.

Ann says …

I recently purchased a box of Matt's Fresh baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies from Whole Foods in South Loop, Chicago. Are these safe to eat? They have been sitting on my counter, I so want to eat them...

peter beckman says …

I read all of your listings but am still not sure whether your machine ground bulk fresh organic peanut butter is part of the recall. Thank you.

Jerome Liebling says …

I noticed a post about fresh ground peanuts. Since I have been a long time devote of Whole Foods grind it yourself peanuts (including some I ground two weeks ago), I am concerned. However, the WF response was not clear. Is Whole Foods telling us not to eat ground peanuts from your store (in Las Vegas)? Jerome

paig292 says …

@Jerome Liebling: Since our peanuts come from different manufacturers, each store will know about the peanut supply for their own grinders. It is best to contact your store directly http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/index.php to ensure an informed response. Also, all of our stores have been provided detailed cleaning instructions for the bulk bins and grinders so that they may be refilled with peanuts and related products that are not affected by the PCA recall.

alina asla says …

I have a jar of 365 organic peanut butter bought last month and have eaten most of it and its ok.

Emily says …

I am extremely disappointed to hear the WFM was affected by teh PCA. I pay premium to shop at WFM. I would have expected that your quality control department would have reviewed and inspected this facility. What I would like to know is what percentage of your suppliers to you actually inspect or quat requirements and certification to you require them to present? I have been a loyal customer for years of WFM. When I moved to NJ, I moved to Princeton Junction to be close to your store. No need to post, but please repond. I have sent similar correspondance to Kashi.

Katherine says …

When will it be safe to begin eating Kashi chewy granola bars again? On the company website, a "Better if used by" date is given, but I would like confirmation that packages that display dates later than this one are all right to buy or keep. THanks.

Shannon says …

Everybody needs to keep in mind. The recall list is growing everyday. The items that are currently "not" on the recall list still may "end up" on the recall list. The safest thing to do for the time being is to avoid all peanut products. Especially for your children. It's hard I know. My 4 year old son's favorite thing to eat is PB&amp;J. But better safe than sorry.

says …

@Suzanne We are consistently updating this blog post with items that we sell in our stores that have been affected by the peanut recall. For other products, check the FDA searchable database here: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm

Nate says …

Phillip: I AGREE!!! This is UNACCEPTABLE from a business that supposedly prides itself on scrutiny of its suppliers.. They are LYING to the public!!! There were reports that this supplier had problems and multiple health code violations but their products continued to find their way to Whole Foods stores. This is U-N-A-C-C-E-P-T-A-B-L-E. I will continue to shop at the store for now, but am closer and closer to giving up. ALSO - We apparently need MUCH stricter standards for Organic products. It is absolutely mind-boggling how an "Organic" product can be tainted with a life-threatening bacteria. Facilities that produce the products should have to be reviewed and certified ORGANIC (and not just the item itself) and if there are any violations, they should lose the status for at least 5 years or more.

Phillip says …

Yes Winnie Hsia, you are updating the blog, but that doesn't address the main issue. The issue is that I (we?) expected more from Whole Foods. The question of quality and price are at issue here. I pay more for organic and SAFE products from Whole Foods because my health is important to me. However if the products at Whole Foods are not reliable and you all don't really have any idea whether something is tainted or organic, what are we paying the extra money for?

linda says …

Is Masa's gourmet Thai Peanut Sauce safe from the recall? I didn't see it last time at Whole Foods.

says …

@Katherine We have removed the products that are known to be affected by the recall from our shelves. Beyond that, since Kashi is the manufacturer, they will be the ones who can provide you more answers about the safety of their bars beyond that is publically stated on their website and the FDA website. You can find their direct contact information here: http://www.kashipeanutbutterrecall.com/ and the latest FDA recall updates here: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/brand_list.cfm?brand=Kashi%20TLC&amp;cat=Snack%20Bar. Hope that addresses your concerns!

Missy says …

@Nate, Phillip, and Whole Foods Market Team Members... Nate &amp; Phillip ~ points taken. I agree with you if a business touts itself as a leader in the field, they should then follow through on their promises to their customers to keep the INTEGRITY of their products at the highest levels. WFM Team Member: What is happening NOW within Corporate WFM to review processes for qualification of suppliers? Is there a strategy for reviewing current qualification practices, to tighten control and ensure that the suppliers REALLY are processing their products as they claim, to review inspection criteria, to re-evaluate qualification criteria, or re-qualify current suppliers? or is WFM in the "wait and see" mode? I'd like to be able to stand up for WFM as my main source of organic products, but I also see a need, as pointed out by others, for WFM to step up and make a committed and PUBLIC effort to rectify this problem. Can you provide any information on what is being done on the Corporate level?

katharine says …

Here is what I don't understand-How can some ORGANIC products be on the recall list????

WFshopper says …

So for people like Phillip and Nate - Is Whole Foods supposed to go around and make sure every company that supplies them food washes there hands? Bottom line is PCA lied... what a shocker that people in this world actually lie! Why dont you email Kashi, LUNA, Mojo or any other brand on that list to let them know how outraged you are. And as for being an honorable company I think how Whole Foods runs the compnay is pretty honorable and incomparable. For your information the USDA doesnt always care about the organic standards, if you picked up a book you would read that the USDA can easily call unorganic products "organic". They only care about Money here, which obviously is the same as PCA. Whole Foods is doing its part in picking up the peices for its "loyal" customers.

Phillip says …

I totally agree with Nate. Some of you are making my point for me. You all keep saying "Everyone is affected, how can WF be held accountable?" and all we keep saying is that WF is supposed to be different, "supposed to" being the operative phrase. WF isn't supposed to just trust a manufacturer when they say they are organic or any other thing. As Nate pointed out, they are supposed to do their own homework. Again, this isn't limited to the PCA issue. As mentioned before, Coleman Natural Beef distributed tainted meat through WF as recently as last year. The fact that they aren't different in many circumstances if the source of our protest. But like Nate and most of you, I have been an ardent supporter and advocate of WF. And yes, I know I am acting like a jilted lover, but I am now coming to grips with the fact that WF are too big to live up to their loftiest ideals. Additionally, for those who live in areas where there may not be other choices for healthier food alternatives, I get your point; WF on its worst day is better than many others. I live in the DC metro area and WF is not the only choice for large selection organic, wholesome products, not by a long shot. So, yes we are blessed with choice. But this is why WF needs to do more than just a little bit in this crisis. It's a tough business and in tough financial times losing customers to competition for lack of effort is just stupid. To restore some faith in its customers, WF should take the lead on insisting that the Federal Government enact stronger legislation and oversight in the organic food arena, given that customers pay a premium for the designation organic and all that this term implies and all that it means to WF. Because clearly whatever system is in place is a near total failure. (In the last 12 months tainted spinach, meats, tomatoes and now peanut products).

Heather says …

Don't be too surprised about Kashi - it is owned by food giant Kellogg (as of 2000; ah ha! That's why Kashi products often seem to beat out the prices of many other organic products, like cereal . . . ). This is not a comment about Kellogg's food quality, just an observation that high revenues often seem to top of the list of large corporations. Those peanut products must have been unbelievably cheap for so many companies to choose PCA as their supplier!

BBB says …

"You don’t see grind-your-own peanut butter on the list because the peanuts come from various sources." This is an unacceptable answer. That WF National Procurement doesn't know it's "various sources" (especially under circumstances such as these) is negligent.

Anne says …

Does anyone know if the West Soy Baked Tofu - Thai Sesame flavor (it has peanuts in it) has been affected by this recall? I looked at the West Soy website and Google'd "peanut recall tofu" but couldn't find anything.

Nate says …

BTW I am not saying that others are not mostly responsible for the problem here too, but if a store specifically markets themselves a certain way, then does not live up to these marketed standards, this is a form of false advertising, so you should understand my frustration. Let me also reiterate, I am generally a supporter of WF - I do not shop anywhere else and applaud them for many things they do, but for this reason - I demand they live up to their own expectations.

says …

@S Live We've contacted the manufacturer of the Wild Oats brand of peanut butter and have received assurance that this product is not part of the recall.

says …

@Stephanie Many of our purchasing decisions are made on individual store and regional levels. To this end, the best way to get fast, accurate information on certain items involved in this recall is to contact the store directly. You can find their contact information here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores or if you'd like me to contact them on your behalf, you can tell me the name of store where you purchased the Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and I'll reach out to their grocery team for you.

Diann says …

I can see this recall with most large supermarket brands but to see companies such as KASHI using the same lousy processing plants is very disappointing. I always thought the Whole Foods distrubuted better quality items. I guess I will stop shopping in these pricey stores and gamble at the local supermarket, what is the difference if they are all using the same processing plants.

Hillary says …

I agree Diann. While I will still always shop at Whole Foods I have become very surprised at some of the brands that they carry. I love the 365 brand and I am so glad to know they are not involved in the recall but I chose Kashi because I was sure It was a good brand - bad move, look at all the products they recalled! Shocking.

Margie Cunningham says …

I cannot find the information about 365 peanut butter and if it is connected to the recall. Please reply. I have a new jar unopened!

Lauri Ward says …

Are the plain bagged peanuts you sell being recalled for salmonella? Thanks.

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