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Christine Fasano says ...
Hello Whole Foods I'm a concerned mother and do not agree that the local dairy is safe. According to testing done by UC Berkeley the levels of I-131 and C-137 in some local raw milk significantly exceeds EPA drinking water standards. Like many mothers I would prefer to serve my young child food that is not contaminated and unfortunately the food chain in the western states is contaminated right now. I've been looking for produce, meat and eggs that come from different regions of world -- ideally the southern hemisphere but due to your (previously laudable) efforts to stay local, I'm not finding much in your Berkeley or Oakland stores. I hope to see you add in more such products to help us West Coasters through this rough patch. Thank you
04/27/2011 4:48:26 PM CDT
Safetyfirst says ...
Based onall the data from berkely team the comprehensive test ban treaty and others i would ask whole foods to do third party testing. It doesnt take a scientist or expert to see what is happening with radiation plumes accumulating contamination from japan to hawaii the us west coast and beyond. Guarantee that and you will be my only food source
04/27/2011 6:28:35 PM CDT
lisa T says ...
We have called corporate offices several times and got zero return call. We posted a request on the CEO's blog; no response. We need weekly updates; the Berkley studies show California food supply radiated: milk, stawberries, spinach, and mushrooms. Now that the iodine levels have fallen off, Berkley study shows cesium on the rise -- as of April 25th. This is of great concern. It is in the soil, grassy, animal milk, vegetables. We understand the jet stream has carried it across many states in USA, as well as rest of world. We understand your job is tough right now but we need answers. Also: how are you testing the fish...got the facts that most of the harmful elements break down in water, and some fish is actually less harmful than products sourced on land/animals.
04/27/2011 8:02:56 PM CDT
Daya Callan says ...
Hello Whole Foods, I am concerned about the honesty of the FDA, EPA and other government health agencies telling us whether or not crops are contaminated. Companies should test the actual products before distribution to be sure. Please go to the following site (http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/page/1577.html) and watch the story about Sgt Rick Schiff and his daughter. This will give you an idea of how honest the federal government and others are when it comes to financial profit. This Japan incident could be a gold mine for their pockets. These tactics have been going on for a very long time and many people are unaware of it. Investigate the history of the medical and banking industries. The video says it all in a nutshell. I shop at Whole Foods every week and love your store. I hope this video awakens you to a new level of consciousness for yourselves and for the impact you will have on the planet.
04/28/2011 8:18:42 AM CDT
R Bishop says ...
As a resident of Yokohama, I found your claim that "We will provide regular updates as we learn more, but given the devastation of their country we know that this will take time." to be misinformed at best. Although the tsunami was a horrific event that took the lives of many people, it did not affect the whole country. Japan may be small by American standards but it stretches out. I am not concerned in the slightest about most of the food that comes from this country (which often puts pictures of the individual farmers and their families in with their produce). Please get your facts strait.
05/16/2011 5:36:41 AM CDT
vanessa says ...
I have been informed by local physicists that we should not be eating any dairy (aged dairy is ok), leafy greens fed by the rain ever again. France has concurred with this and advised of this. So why are is our goverment not doing this? I hope you can get to the bottom of this.
05/02/2011 3:32:21 PM CDT
bill brasky says ...
i want to know the production dates on the tuna you carry based on their expiration dates. all the brands/types of canned tuna you carry only have exp dates. this should be easy information to get. for example most bottled water you carry has a production date on them, which is how they determine it's shelf live/exp date. where can i get this info concerning tuna?
05/05/2011 1:55:24 AM CDT
Priscilla says ...
I am a sushi lover and have been avoiding it lately. I understand the fish comes from many different places but I would like to know where the NORI (seaweed) that Whole Food uses to prepare their sushi comes from. It seems like no one has a clear answer to the issue of nori/radiation scare. Thank you and keep up the great work!
05/06/2011 1:58:15 PM CDT
Takahiro Kazahaya says ...
Dear my best retailer, I have been a huge fan of you since I went to your Ann Arbor, Michigan store in 2006. Thank you very much for your support for Japan. I live in Tokyo, Japan now and I have to still check the places of veges and daily products since the nuclear accident. I think I might have to live with the fear of radiation for the rest of my life. this is so sad.. It was not supposed to start like this. By the way I read this very carefully and I kinda understand your point. Your guideline would be quite reasonable if you think about a lot of your customer. However I would not like you to say `We do not sell any meat, fresh seafood, produce or dairy products from Japan.` I would like you to say something like `we check the level of radiation for all products everyday. we do not carry any harmful products including some products from Japan` You know that some products made in Japan are perfectly safe. This is what I would like my favorite store to do because Whole foods market is very special and the role model of US retailers. Please do not forget that there are many Japanese fans of you even though you do not have any stores in Japan. I still love Whole foods Market very much. Thank you and best regards,
05/06/2011 7:44:21 PM CDT
me says ...
west, south and north (hokkaido) of japan are unaffected and products from there are fine. test products from some other countries, too.
05/14/2011 6:02:51 PM CDT
kay says ...
this is a load of crap. People are exposed to more radiation flying in an airplane than being in tokyo. get over yourselves people, and feel mortal.
05/17/2011 12:33:16 AM CDT
Ali says ...
Anyone notice Michael Bepko stopped answering important questions that were asked? Such as why isnt all the food being tested for contamination? Is frozen fish from japan? We who shop at your stores are educated, informed consumers and we want the truth! We dont want misleading, vague statements! Tell us the real truth so we can make informed decisions to what we feed our families!
05/31/2011 11:58:26 AM CDT
mark says ...
Its Dec 2011, and food from japan keeps turning up contaminated! I no longer shop at whole food bc they sale more japanese products than walmart! I believe in cross contamination and I don't want my food anywhere near JAPANESE products!!!!!!! I don't trust govnt be it japan and us! Common sense tells you that anything coming from Japan isn't safe albeit cars, sushi, electronics, food, makeup, pharmaceuticals, etc. So at the end of the day, whole food lost me as a customer bc they never pulled japanese products from shelves. I would rather shop at target that carries more US food products. I only shopped at whole food to avoid pesticides but NOW I am trying to avoid RADIATION which is much more dangerous!
12/19/2011 6:53:24 PM CST
LILYAN STERN says ...
how can i find out if Benicar HCT a high blood pressure med made in japan is safe from radiation
11/18/2011 2:58:52 AM CST
Larry Pirkle says ...
Does this explain why I could not find hijiki on my last visit to the Montrose Houston store? Nor do I find hijiki by searching this site. Thanks.
01/27/2013 2:27:01 PM CST
Larry Pirkle says ...
Dear Whole Foods, After reading the previous blog comments, I have decided to stop eating food altogether.
01/28/2013 6:20:11 PM CST
Pia Jensen says ...
Can you please update the Fukushima radiation news you have. Japanese farmers have pointed out that gov decontamination programs not working and they are ashamed to sell their products, for example. Also, both US and JP regs on testing have multiple loopholes. Thanks.
03/28/2014 11:39:14 AM CDT

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