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Kevin says ...
I don't mean to be rude, but everyone is right that you don't provide any specifics about the treatment of the animals. You unequivocally state that no turkeys are fed antibiotics, etc., but you evade the questions about the treatment of your turkeys by pointing to a survey concerning the practices of your suppliers in general. Your evasiveness leads me to distrust Whole Foods. I will be buying my turkeys elsewhere this year.
11/11/2012 7:18:16 AM CST
Kevin says ...
Interesting how the thread ends in 2011. Why is that? Did no one post anything else or did you decide to end the thread? If the latter, why?
11/11/2012 8:56:24 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KEVIN - Thanks for your comments. The reason why this thread probably slowed down is because this post if from about 2 years ago. We have more recent posts, for example: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/latest-gobble-turkeys-are-step-rated, that explain the treatment of the turkeys under the Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Program. In the text of the newer post, you will find a link to the GAP page where you can see the qualifications for rating, treatment, etc. Hope this helps!
11/12/2012 1:31:36 PM CST
Robin Montoya says ...
I am curious about the feed your turkeys consume. Are the corn and soy non-GMO? This is not addressed in your description and therefore leads me to assume that it IS GMO corn & soy fed to the turkeys. I would appreciate clarification. Thanks
10/26/2013 8:00:02 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ROBIN - Due to the pervasiveness of GMOs in animal feed, the only way we can guarantee that the turkeys were fed non-GMO grain would be to look for organic turkey options. We will be providing GMO labeling for all of the products in our stores, including our meat options. Very soon you will be able to look for GMO labels to determine if the feed contains GMOs.
10/28/2013 3:07:37 PM CDT
Tina says ...
Do you know if the turkeys are feed corn?
11/01/2013 1:39:11 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TINA - The turkey's diet will differ amongst vendors which vary between stores. You can check with your local store and they can give you a firm answer but typically corn is used widely as animal feed.
11/04/2013 1:39:33 PM CST
Cindy Dodson says ...
Alton Brown says a frozen turkey is better than a fresh one, unless the fresh ones are from a local turkey farm. I live in Boca Raton, where is my fresh bird coming from?
11/19/2013 5:53:19 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CINDY - Our vendors differ between stores and regions. Check with the store directly to see where they source their turkeys.
11/20/2013 12:17:25 PM CST
Bill Bartholomew says ...
Hi, Your list does not mention whether or not the turkeys eat genetically modified corn in their feed. Do you know if the corn has been genetically engineered by Monsanto or some other company? I appreciate all the other things your are avoiding. Yours, Bill
11/24/2013 2:58:45 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BILL - Since there are no GMO labeling regulations, we would suggest looking for organic turkeys if you're looking to avoid GMOs. Once the GMO labeling goes in to effect at our stores, we will have a label if the meat was fed grains that contain GMOs.
11/26/2013 3:17:54 PM CST
Marthe says ...
Hi My husband purchased a turkey from Larry Shultz farm only to find printed on the label that it was processed in a place that processes wheat products. I have celiac disease and have to avoid any cross contamination, this is the first time I have ever come across this labeling on a turkey. How are you processing the turkey that means it comes into contact with wheat? And thanks for ruining my Xmas dinner!
12/24/2013 11:41:10 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARTHE - My apologies about your turkey. If the turkey was packaged, that means that we do not take care of any of the processing of the bird in our stores. The only processing we do for meat will typically be grinding meat or cutting specific selections that are in the meat case. I would suggest reaching out to the vendor directly if you have any questions as it sounds it was not processed in our store.
12/26/2013 11:03:15 AM CST