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Nancy says ...
Do you offer "certified humane" meats and poulty? If not, when will it be Wholefoods goal to do so?
12/30/2011 6:53:28 AM CST
Kris says ...
American Humane Certified eggs are not the real deal. You want to buy eggs that are Animal Welfare Approved. This is the only certification that means true humane treatment to the hens. Look at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/guide_egg_labels.html
11/28/2011 2:43:07 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Nancy Yes, we work very ardently to ensure the humane treatment of the meats we serve. We've chosen to partner with Global Animal Partnership to certify our producers' animal welfare practices. We're rolling out their 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Standards in every Whole Foods Market store in the United States and Canada.You can read more about the program at the below link. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/meat/welfare.php
12/30/2011 8:22:42 AM CST
A. Clark says ...
I've recently begun buying most to all of our household foods from Whole Foods. I'm interested in organic, no artificial homones, and no pesticides, but most important i'm interesetd in the humane treatment of animals. Can I be assured that no products from Whole Foods come from manufacturers who treat their animals inhumanely? Can I be assured that all dairy products come from cows that are allowed to live healthy lives and roam pastures on their farms and NOT from diary cows that are hooked up to milking machines all day long. Can i be assured that all meats come from animals that are allowed to live healthy lives and roam pastures and not from animals like pigs who are tied down their whole lives or cows that are pumped full of hormones and live in small bins. That poultry comes from birds who roam freely and are fed healthy diets. That cage-free really does mean that they are allowed to live outdoors and not just packed into warehouses (non-cages) with hundreds or thousands of other birds all squeazed in together. THese are the assurances I am looking for. What kind of assurances is Whole Foods able to give its customers?
08/29/2012 3:51:23 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@A.CLARK - We're happy to offer assurance for the humane treatment of animals. Since the release of this blog post we have rolled out The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards. We teamed up with the Global Animal Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to continually improving the lives of farm animals, to make sure you make informed choices about the food you eat. For more information, you can visit http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards. Keep an eye out at your local store for The 5-Step Animal Welare Ratings on various meat products.
08/29/2012 4:35:35 PM CDT
christine says ...
Thank you for offering a choice! So many retailers offer animal products that were not produced under compassionate circumstances. Thank you for doing something different and doing something that will one day be the norm.
12/01/2012 5:03:14 AM CST
Gary Griffith says ...
Can I find out if you have milk and cheese where the dairy cows are treated better than any other factory farm cows. I am concerned about treatment and I wasn't even thinking about hormones just treatment. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks gary
05/14/2013 9:17:17 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GARY - 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 2:58:18 PM CDT
Jeanette says ...
I would like to see more "certified humane" cheeses at Whole Foods. I enjoy your Green Valley "certified humane" yogurts but have not seen any certified humane(rennet-free obviously) cheeses. Please remedy this. I have two vegetarian/vegan children, their friends are vegetarian/vegan, and this seems to be a growing trend in our new compassionate world. Though I am not vegan, I respect my children by eating respectfully towards animals and try only to buy humane dairy products.
05/30/2013 3:05:24 PM CDT
Amy Henry says ...
Love the Certified Humane foods! Can you get more of them?
07/29/2013 2:56:30 PM CDT
Koren Ishibashi says ...
Why don't you stocked certified humane eggs? I've been buying eggs from another supermarket chain because I frankly don't know whether or not I can trust your eggs. And I'm a customer who shops at Whole Foods weekly.
08/31/2014 1:45:59 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KOREN - Our stores should have a variety of egg options. Based on what you're looking for, we have built a guide to explain what the different labels mean. You can check out the guide at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/food-guides/eggs.
09/02/2014 12:10:07 PM CDT
Raine Tillman says ...
I understand that the dairy products your company sells are bought from farms that don't use synthetic growth hormones however, to take it one step further.... Are you selling dairy products that have the "Certified Humane Raised and Handled" label? This certification goes far beyond not using growth hormones, to making sure the cows have free range, and have a diet of mostly grass. They also have high standards on the humane slaughter practices of all farm animals. I would love to buy cheese, yogurt, sour cream and cream cheese from a grocer who sells CHRH products, so if you would kindly let me know if Whole Foods does, I'd be delighted to hear.
11/02/2014 8:34:07 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RAINE - Since our exact products differ between stores, it will vary which products have this certification. I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see if they have any products that meet this level of certification.
11/11/2014 4:15:03 PM CST
Lena says ...
Does Whole Foods demand for humane treatment of animals include Temple Grandin's humane(low stress) slaughter methods?
11/29/2014 10:27:42 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LENA - Yes, we started working with Dr. Grandin in 2002 in regards to animal welfare standards. You can find more info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/animal-welfare/animal-welfare-basics.
12/01/2014 5:34:00 PM CST
Rachel says ...
I very much hope that Whole Foods will institute a ranking system for the dairy products it sells, much like for meat. Dairy practices in this country are often deplorable, such as calves being removed from their mothers within days of birth and cows never leaving the stalls where they are milked. Veal practices are even worse. Would you please let me know what it will take to begin to audit diary practices for more than just hormone usage?
12/19/2014 9:46:43 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RACHEL - We hope to have dairy guidelines in the future. Since there aren't USDA regulations in place for dairy, it will take some time.
12/22/2014 10:45:00 AM CST
maria warner says ...
what about slaughtering practices? apparently most slaughterhouses boil chickens alive.
05/05/2015 12:15:18 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARIA - The meat we sell is in partnership with the Global Animal Partnership and you can find detailed info at http://www.globalanimalpartnership.org/.
05/12/2015 3:15:42 PM CDT
Patricia says ...
I've been reading web sites concerning the labeling of meats "Certified Humane." I would support Whole Foods wholeheartedly if they would provide a section of "Certified Humane" products. Don't think WF has gone far enough in considering the well being of animals.
05/25/2015 5:31:13 PM CDT
Patricia Cora says ...
How are your milk cows raised for cheese or gallons of milk. I've read they can be severely abused. I know they aren't being given any kinds of hormones. What about are they confined or how?
08/03/2015 10:57:12 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PATRICIA - We do not currently have a formal dairy rating system like we do for our meat but we are working on it. In the meantime, I would suggest looking for organic options as the standards will be higher. You can find additional info at http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/01601-0002-32.pdf.
08/06/2015 4:49:24 PM CDT
Tricia Teason says ...
I would like to see more Certified Humane dairy products in your store. Thanks.
01/28/2016 6:23:20 PM CST

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