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Teresa says ...
Food from China contradicts everything I thought Whole Foods was. I feel mislead & very disappointed. Most products from China have been in the news for some time now because they have proven to be unhealthy not because they are good for consumption.What happened to Whole Foods locally grown food concept? I can't believe in the United States we have a shortage of locally grown organic food....there are farmer's markets in just about every town. I for one will not pay top dollar for food from China
05/22/2012 10:34:02 AM CDT
Virginia says ...
I was under the impression Whole Foods had stopped importing frozen foods from China. I wonder about the fresh produce? I am on Organic for serious health issues...I would hate to think all my produce is coming from China....cabbage.beets etc. I would appreciate a reply...thank you.
05/22/2012 3:14:21 PM CDT
Dennis says ...
As an educated Food Health Scientist it is MY OPINION that ... Although WF's claims use of 3rd-Party companies to "certify" organic farms in China, WF does not state whether the product is confirmed as being organic when it arrives at the end of the shipment in the USA. Asian shippers often substitute or dilute product shipments to the USA with inferior products (ie. "non-organic"). Perhaps WF's should consider using the Food Industury QC methods such as HACCP (Hazards And Critical Control Points) evaluations. While “California blend” might be used by traditional marketers as a "common term" for a blend of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, WF's does not print the origin in a prominent place in EQUIVALENT PRINT SIZE. Don't kid yourself WF's ... your Shoppers are educated and smart enought to recognize misleading labeling. The -response- from WF's management is a thinly veiled attempt to "rationalize" a misleading marketing decision to obscure product origins on some products. This is only one 'customer's' opinion ... but you should take stock and recalibrate your marketing to take the HIGH ROAD in advertising and marketing ... particularly when products are from difficult geograpical regions where dubious practices are frequently the rule in business. Stick to clear, honest, highest quality and overt-honesty in labeling ... it make WFs a success and it is what is most appreciated by consumers today!
05/24/2012 4:28:17 AM CDT
S says ...
SO disappointed that WF has not stepped up to eliminate toxic Chinese foods from its shelves, not to mention using misleading labels and/or totally leaving off the country of origin, as is the case for MANY products in WF stores. It is widely known (or readily discovered w/an online search) that Chinese officials stand in the way of third-party certification inspections, leaving inspectors to take the producer at his word regarding the quality control protocols of the facility, so for the WF public-relations folks to say that their products are 'certified' is absolutely meaningless. Check food labels dutifully for country-of-origin info, regardless of the name or brand on the product, if you care at all about avoiding inferior and/or potentially-toxic Chinese foods.
07/09/2012 5:11:48 PM CDT
Julie near Chicago says ...
I think Mr. Mackey should be ashamed to consider himself a "libertarian" and in favor of "liberty" when he helps, by purchasing its products, to enable a horrendous slave state to continue its monstrous treatment of many of its people. We are talking about real, severe, physical torture here--the forced labor camps...the forced abortions...the "disappearances"...the outright murders...before we ever get to corruption. Never mind food--even selling reusable shopping bags from China is a betrayal of the principles for which I thought he claims to stand. It's up to all of us to forgo as many products from China as we possibly can. Because when we deal with them--we deal with cold-blooded murderers.
07/16/2012 10:23:02 PM CDT
Barbara Willett says ...
Frozen vegetables from China? Really? The very logistics of this would confound a 10 year old. The pretzel like thought process and business acceptance of this practice has any reasonable person shopping elsewhere. What an outrage and slap in the face to American producers.
08/05/2012 10:56:44 AM CDT
Kailua Hawaii says ...
I found this thread while looking for WholeFood's policy on goods from China. I'm disappointed with what I've found, the policy is contrary to a widely distributed (but obviously incorrect) policy making the rounds here. Mahalo for the ability to comment on it, but the WholeFood myth is about to be exposed for what it is.
08/22/2012 11:02:54 PM CDT
James says ...
What I find so funny is that fact that Chinese dont even trust there own country, ask a mainland chinese not a ABC and etc. And ask them if THEY TRUST the gov and if THEY trust chinese products. Many of them say NO WAY! They rather buy a foreign brand or product then there own because they understand what china is really like. They lie and cheat and do anything to cut the cost of something. I work with many mainland chinese and the key is MONEY, and they will do anything to cut the cost. However what this company needs to do is look at countries such as ITALY. Because all of the products in Italy is 100% ORGANIC! If you are caught in Italy using any GM product its 50000EUR fine + 3 years in prison. It is one of the countries which export a lot of product to Germany and Japan, because they want the BEST. However like many companies they think about profit margins :)
09/04/2012 6:10:43 AM CDT
Tenzo says ...
Lead paint in childrens toys banned chemicals in drywall poison in dog food. Sorry, I value my famlies health to much. Until the sourced food from China is marked from China, I will be shopping at other grocery stores. 15 years.....and bye
09/04/2012 8:59:47 PM CDT
Carol says ...
I don't trust food from China. They poisoned their own baby formula to make more money. It was illegal for them to do that but they did it anyway and after being caught and shamed by the world they did it again. They sent poisoned protein that was added to our pet foods that killed many of our pets knowing it was illegal and lethal. I do not believe there is any law that or oversight group that will prevent some Chinese producers from lying, using unlawful pesticides, farming practices etc. for a larger profit. I am sure there are ethical farmers as well but without more oversight than is currently provided I will not buy food from China.
09/06/2012 2:41:24 PM CDT
Louise Melanson says ...
Frozen organic broccoli from China??? Gee. It wouldn't be because you maximize profit by importing food from desperate, impoverished countries...good old globalization..dumbing down the world with cheap labour and the third world standards that go along with it. But wait, why not import the cheap Chinese prison labourers and put them to work in California, thus saving even more money in shipping costs? See, you just need to displace American farmer workers...(well hey, it's been done before. All those Mexicans picking fruit. What would happen if only Americans were allowed to pick the fruit? Would the wage go up? Would farmers really go broke? Or would we just pay more as a result, and forgo other material items, knowing that what could matter more than what we eat??) Listen...this Canadian girl wants her broccoli to come from California, not China. If my choices are between pesticide-laden non-organic produce from anywhere in North America versus the purest, sun-kissed "organic" food from China, then I will pay twice the amount for the former and here's why: anytime American farmers benefit, I do too, so I'll pay double if it means we both win. We have high standards here in North America. Anytime pink slime is found on meat, we're on it like velcro. Whatever problems we have, it becomes public, and then we correct it. (Or else!). We want accountability because we are used to high standards. Everyone values high standards. It is time for Whole Paycheck..I mean Whole Foods, to get some standards.
09/11/2012 12:29:20 AM CDT
Suzanne M.Collins says ...
I am glad to have read the above - as I was ready to go back to Giant & Safeway food stores for my frozen fruits & vegetables?! Being a believer of organic produce, I was driving from Virginia to Rockville when the first Fresh Fields was created.... it is a pleasure to have had (and for quite a while now), a Whole Food Market at the corner of Rolling & Old Keene Mill Rds. in Springfield, VA - which happens to be close to my residence. Thank you so much for the information.
09/18/2012 7:24:47 PM CDT
Francis says ...
It is quite interesting for us to blame other countries (especially China) for anything, in this case, the organic produce. I recently just returned a can of organic Almond Butter back to Trader Joe because it is contaminated. The label says that it meets the USDA requirements. But, I do not see this issue announced to the public at all. Plus, many countries refuse to import US beef (MAD COW). I think we should be very careful not to believe rumors and especially from our Government sometimes.
10/12/2012 5:48:10 PM CDT
Ellen says ...
Sorry Whole Foods, but you have lost another customer. You are suppose to be supporting Local Farmers not other countries. I will never buy there again. You are able to buy either straight from the farmers or organic food at other grocery stores now without the higher prices.
10/15/2012 7:48:47 AM CDT
Jessica Kendrick says ...
[Do not post - MM] I believe this was AFTER many recalls on toys with lead and other poisonous chemicals. It really does make me stop and evaluate the seemingly wholesome company I buy from. And to have almost all of your veggies imported from China when American farmers need support.....Plus the fossil fuels it costs to ship such a load from China....pitiful. Poor choices were made for this company regarding ethics vs. $$$. Glad y'all have fixed it but I was unhappy and skeptical when I read that Whole Foods was selling the NON regulated sprouts--which could be inorganic or organic...mixing the bunch up. I suppose it is a hard call to make when Monsanto practically runs the FDA and EPA. That leaves little choices for a company like yourselves. However the managers of these stores or area directors SHOULD buy and sell from the local farmers instead of IMPORTING TONS from China. http://archive.truthout.org/big-win-biotech-usda-deregulates-monsanto-alfalfa67373 But hey, maybe it's just me.
10/20/2012 7:19:00 PM CDT
Janet Nock says ...
How shocking that Whole Foods sources food from China. A couple of weeks ago the WF in Pittsburgh had a sale on large shrimp. When I inquired as to their source, I was told it was Asia. Can't remember if it was Thailand, Indonesia, China. They all are suspect, since there is a ton of information documenting that farmed fish from Asia are swimming in polluted waters. When I mentioned this to the fish monger, he discounted that information, saying that the ones farmed for WH are in clean water. Yeah. And I have a bridge you might like to buy. I don't need cheap shrimp badly enough to compromise my family's health.
10/28/2012 9:55:29 PM CDT
Karin Megan says ...
How often do they check producers' fields to see if they truly grow their vegetables and fruits organically. They cannot be present every day of the year. Do they perform actual tests on the vegetables randomly to see if pesticides were used? I am going to buy an expensive juicer and I pray that the fruits and veggies I buy at Whole Foods are truly organic. Thank you!
11/06/2012 4:31:42 PM CST
frances collier says ...
I can't find Columbia River organic peas and carrots for sale at the Brighton Ma store... used to buy this every week and wonder why you're not stocking it now. It's much superior to your 365 brand of peas and carrots, in my opinion.
11/07/2012 5:08:47 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KARIN - As mentioned in the post above, the country of origin is printed on every bag of our 365 Everyday Value frozen fruit and veggies. If you plan on using frozen products for your new juicer, you have the choice to purchase items from a specific country you are looking for. If you plan on juicing with fresh items from Produce, you should see the location of where the products come from on the signage. If you don't see it listed, ask a Produce team member as they would be happy to help!
11/14/2012 11:31:02 AM CST
Robert Hunt says ...
Im just wondering how many of you complaining about China go into a Walmart. Dont get me wrong I try to buy nothing from China.
11/26/2012 9:22:43 PM CST
Mike says ...
Shame on you WF. Another company becomes successful based on their "virtues" and then sells out to greed. I spend my hard earned money in your store so i don't have to worry about what's in my food. But now I do. I need to rethink things.
11/30/2012 2:44:13 AM CST
laura Norton says ...
Dear Sirs, I have been very disappointed in the use of canola oil used in your prepared foods and I have even found it in the use of your 365 raisons? Canola should not be used in any form..organic or not!
12/27/2012 9:57:51 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LAURA - Thanks for your feedback. There appears to be much confusion concerning the safety of canola oil. Whole Foods Market believes canola oil is a safe and wholesome food and, therefore, will continue to sell it in our stores. In order to ensure the highest quality oil possible, we feature expeller-pressed, organic canola oil in our stores. Accordingly, each individual is free to choose whether or not to buy canola oil or to choose from one of the other many culinary oils we sell.
12/28/2012 10:34:31 AM CST
Lee Mesner says ...
As someonevwho has shopped at Whole Foods in different states for years, I and is very conscious of what I eat, I refuse to eat any food coming from China, organic or not. They probably bamboozled the Inspectors during their visit. I will observe the package more clearly.
01/27/2013 8:59:16 AM CST
Kathleen says ...
I heard about 365 frozen fruit being from China and saw the packaging in the news clip outside the store where they saw 'from China ' on the package. I recently went to see for myself because I wanted orgain frozen blueberries and could not find country of origin on the package. So Whole Foods, your response to customers' outrage is to remove the evidence? If you continue this type of action in response to customer anger you are going to lose credibility. You have with me!
02/06/2013 3:02:01 PM CST

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