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Adena says ...
You can taste the difference too! Whole Foods is the way to go!
05/16/2013 7:25:48 AM CDT
Cas Pollnow says ...
I asked someone in the meat dept if their chickens were fed corn. Almost all corn is GMO. I was directed to whole chickens with a +4 on the bag. Can you answer this question? Thank you. Cas Pollnow
05/16/2013 8:56:55 AM CDT
Lauren says ...
From one of Whole Foods' grassfed beef producers: Hi Jackie! Responding to your question about accountability, every ranch or farm receives an independent audit every 12-15 months. It's on-site and very up close and personal. Any deviations from the hugely detailed protocol we agree to follow would be quite evident to these experienced welfare auditors and remedial action would be taken to correct deficiencies, or we'd be eliminated from the program. I think you'll find that any producer who is willing to subject their operation to this level of scrutiny has already made the commitment to the highest animal welfare standards on their ranch or farm anyway. We know we wouldn't do it any other way. Because it's the right thing to do.
05/16/2013 10:08:01 AM CDT
HSA says ...
Good.
05/16/2013 11:18:45 AM CDT
Sara Starks says ...
It's a matter of trust for me. I trust Whole Foods to do the research, do "what's right," and to provide the healthiest food available. It cannot be stressed enough that in today's retail environment, having a company that is truly about operating with the highest standards (and it's for our FOOD for goodness sake) you are a customer's dream!
05/16/2013 1:05:28 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOHN, @PATTI, @GOETHY, @LAURIE, @TRACY, & @CAS - Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non- GMO feed for animal products (including meat, dairy and farmed fish) sold in our stores. We encourage shoppers who are looking to avoid products from animals fed GMOs to choose organic meat (since organic standards prohibit the intentional use of GMOs).
05/16/2013 2:32:35 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHARLES - Since we do not have a dedicated gluten free meat department in our stores, the best way to find gluten free meats would be to look for packaged meats that are certified gluten free. Check with your local store and they will be happy to help you out!
05/16/2013 2:41:10 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOYCE - No, sulfites are on our unacceptable ingredient list for food: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/unacceptable-ingredients-food.
05/16/2013 2:42:13 PM CDT
Ann says ...
I will only buy products which come from living creatures from Whole Foods. Humane treatment of animals is a top priority for me.
05/17/2013 9:56:38 AM CDT
Valeria says ...
Thanks for posting your meat process. I was told that Publix stores also have an excellent meat standard. Is WF the top of the line?
05/17/2013 12:57:09 PM CDT
edie says ...
After hearing and reading about slaughter house horror stories, my husband and I only eat beef, pork and poultry from local farmers. We are assured that the animals are raised humanely and that the end of their lives if peaceful and quick. We are fortunate to live in a state where it is possible to be selective about the meats we feed our families. There is another reason to consider safe and gentle slaughter procedures. At times of fear and stress, adrenaline is released into the animals and we, and our children are consuming that adrenaline. Probably not healthy eating.
05/18/2013 7:19:39 AM CDT
Joyce Davis says ...
I love Whole Foods! There meats are the best! Wish there was one closer to Williamsburg! : (
05/18/2013 10:59:52 AM CDT
Kristina Wagner says ...
Love this article!!
05/18/2013 3:22:58 PM CDT
Debbie says ...
Started buying my meet at Whole Foods and am very satisfied. Can't wait till they have all GMO products labeled.
05/20/2013 2:54:17 PM CDT
Deb Shuman says ...
I would also like to know if the animals were treated well n not abused like I have so often heard and were they killed as humanely as possible?? I have a problem with veal... How can that ever be humane ? The no hormones is the way everyone should be eating.
05/21/2013 6:46:40 AM CDT
Dee says ...
As I have researched consuming healing foods, which incorporates eliminating soy, gluten, corn, peanuts, dairy, eggs, and sugar, I have found it challenging to find poultry, pork loin, and veal that have not been corn fed. Antibotic free is great, and free range is great, but in all the free ranging these animals are doing is the livestock being feed products with corn in their free ranging? Bison must consume 20 lbs of grass in a day to maintain a healthy existance. Besides grass fed beef and bison are the other livestock free from corn. Corn is not a vegetable, it is a grain. Of all the grains it is one of the worst to consume. Corn is high on the glycemic index and as a high glycemic starch breaks down into sugar. Its profile is a pro-inflamitory omega-6 fatty acid. One ear of corn has 15 grams of insulin spiking inflamatory sugar. This is just a smiggen on corn.
05/22/2013 11:58:56 AM CDT
Deb Kelso says ...
I'll be eating beef and meats from animals not fed GMO corn, soy, or alfalfa. I guess I'll be buying from my local sustainable farmer.
05/22/2013 4:28:56 PM CDT
bmom says ...
How about dairy products? Only recenlty I learned that the cow milk that I drink is actually depriving a newly-born calf of its food as well as a chance in life. I am sure you are familiar with what horrible fate waits a calf born to a dairy cow, so I guess I don't need to repeat it here. Even though I drink organic milk, I still wonder how organic dairy farms handle this fundamental conflict differently.... I'd appreciate if you can inform us in detail about the practice of dairy farmers that you do business with.
05/22/2013 8:36:48 PM CDT
Alex S Grunberg says ...
In response to charles. The meat at whole foods is 100% gluten free every-time. I know, because I live in a totally gluten-free household. Even though I do not suffer from celiac disease I am constantly aware of the possibility that one of my family members may become sick from my grocery shopping. Whole Foods follows very strict cleanliness practices, and their raw meat is never contaminated with gluten! In response to Hank. Whole Foods does carry better meat products, and they carry these products to more customers. That is impressive. In response to Patti. GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms are a big problem for farmers because of plant genetics! This of course excludes animals which reproduce in a different way.
05/23/2013 3:02:40 AM CDT
Cindy says ...
This is why I shop at Whole Foods. We need to think about how animals get on our plate and if they suffered.
05/23/2013 5:23:33 AM CDT
Laura K. says ...
Do the deli meats have sodium nitrite in them? Just curious cause that is associated with cancer.
05/23/2013 9:11:34 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BMOM - We have long been a pioneer of animal welfare for animals raised for our consumption. We have the highest standards in the industry and are very proud of them. With regard to dairy cattle, we look for milk produced by animals that have not been given added hormones or antibiotics. However, at this time we have not created specific standards with regard to the animal’s welfare beyond those set by the USDA. Buying organic milk can ensure that there is an added level of animal welfare consideration. Cows that produce certified organic milk are not given antibiotics or added growth hormones. In addition to having access to the outdoors, cows on certified organic farms are fed 100% organic feed, so consequently they're not exposed to persistent pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, eliminating the possibility that these chemicals may turn up as residues in the milk. (Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, including the use of cloned animals, are also prohibited by the Organic Standards.)
05/23/2013 2:34:35 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ALEX - In response to the gluten free comment, this cannot be applied at every store location as our meat products differ. For example, in my local store, they carry breaded chicken breasts and meats already pre-marinated that sometimes are contain soy sauce. The best option is to check with your local store so they can point you in the right direction!
05/23/2013 3:54:34 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LAURA - No, sodium nitrates are against our Quality Standards. You can read more about our unacceptable ingredients for food at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/unacceptable-ingredients-food.
05/23/2013 3:56:39 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSAN & @DEB - All the poultry and meat we sell in our meat departments must meet our benchmark standards of being raised with no antibiotics or added growth hormones, and fed a diet with no animal by-products. We also require all slaughter facilities to successfully pass annual third party audits of their animal welfare and food safety practices. We also visit farms and ranches regularly and requires all our vendors to complete affidavits each year.
05/23/2013 4:04:24 PM CDT

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