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B says ...
as someone who grew up and chose to be a vegetarian very early on when I finally decided to look into eating meat whole foods made me feel comfortable. I still do not eat a lot of meat but I am open to chicken and turkey now. Whole foods brand meat is a bit pricey compared to other meat companies, but I completely understand why. The mere fact that the chicken and turkeys are raised in a proper environment and if anyone does not understand that please watch the documentary "Food Inc" and understand that Whole Foods is using education when they sell their meat. I support all who chose to not eat meat and praise them for their choices and the reasons behind them. But as one who is now eating meat I commend Whole Foods for the quality of their products and for the care of the animals and treating them with more respect than other companies that sell meat and for that, thank you.
10/18/2012 9:22:05 PM CDT
Petter says ...
Good article, found another one at doktor24.no
11/12/2012 1:47:28 PM CST
Petter says ...
Also antibiotics ruins food taste
11/12/2012 1:54:52 PM CST
Kyla says ...
My big concern is GMO's in food. I recently drove extra to go to your store to buy some ground meat. But when I got home I realized I had no idea if it had GMO's in it. (Basically I had no idea if the vegetarian feed the cows had been feed had GMO's in it.) Not wanting to feed it to my family or pets I put the meat in the trash. Drove back to Whole foods again and purchased some organic meat. There has to be a better way. Please get GMO's out of your store all together. There are all these food items at your store that I want to purchase but I can not right now because I just do not know if GMO's are in them or not. Please go GMO free all together.
12/13/2012 2:05:10 PM CST
Kit Corbitt says ...
Hello, I have a couple of questions about your meats. Are all your meats, including ones without the organic label, coming from humanely raised animals? If so, why are they all not labeled with at least a "1"? We recently purchased the 365 uncured smokehouse bacon. What animal standards were implemented to produce this product? Thank you
01/15/2013 6:44:05 PM CST
Jake says ...
Thank you for taking another step in the right direction! As a consume I appreciate your efforts!
01/21/2013 1:27:08 PM CST
John Loban says ...
Do your suppliers use Zilmax (85% of beef sold in us has it now) it is from Merck chemical and it bulks up muscle tissue at the expense of marbling and taste - an admitted consequence by Merck. I love your beef and only your beef but am worried about this chemical that was originally used in humans for asthma treatment and now is widely in use by Cargil and the other three largest meat suppiers among others.
02/25/2013 1:43:00 AM CST
roger martin says ...
Hi I wanted to leave a little note!! My girlfriend has convinced me that I need to be more aware of animal processing procedures and buy my meat at whole foods in an effort not only to be more healthy but to help raise an awareness so that someday soon this will all change. Thank you for your commitment and thank you to my wonderful girlfriend who is trying to do everything in her power to help me live forever!!!! :)
02/25/2013 11:12:25 AM CST
Lord Crayon Blast says ...
I love Whole Foods!
03/05/2013 10:53:26 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOHN - Sorry for the delayed response but I wanted to check with our Animal Welfare Standards team directly for their response. They said that "Whole Foods Market does not sell meat from animals raised with Zilmax, Ractopamine or any other beta agonist. Our quality standards prohibit all use of growth-enhancing drugs, including sub-therapeutic (preventive) antibiotics, growth hormones and beta agonists. Whole Foods Market also prohibits the use of antibiotics for therapeutic use." Hope this helps!
03/08/2013 4:10:47 PM CST
Colin Felton says ...
Lots of comments about looking after them when they are alive but most of the horrendous animal torture comes during the culling process. Are there any standards in this area? Before they are hauled up by their legs, do Whole Food's producers ensure they are in fact unconscious? Is 300 volts enough in all cases to stun the cow long enough while their necks are slit open? Are they kicked, punched or shocked before they are stunned? In the U.S., 9 billion animals are culled each year. Huge damage done to the environment, land lost to organic and affordable vegetable farming and damage to the nation's health. Are we really the smartest species on the planet?
03/18/2013 3:37:28 PM CDT
Denise says ...
I brought some ground beef the other day from Whole foods and I must say, it was the best ground beef that I have ever tasted. The texture and flavor was incredible. For now on, I will only buy meat from Whole Foods. No where else. In fact I brought some more meat today. By the way, I love your rating system. Keep up the good work!
04/02/2013 2:16:35 PM CDT
kevin komar says ...
need to go for a hormone free diet
07/15/2013 4:26:46 PM CDT
Denise says ...
As I was reading the other comments, I had no intention of posting one myself, until I read Judy's. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD and emphysema. I was put on oxygen therapy 24 hours a day. After some research, I took it upon myself to stop eating meat due to concerns of trace amounts of antibiotics. Severe allergies to several different antibiotics have put me into anaphylaxis more than once. Anyway, three months without meat caused my pulmonary function to go from 41% to 92%. The problem was, I truly missed meat. It caused me to become very depressed. After three years, I found antibiotic free meat. I slowly introduced it back into my diet. I buy my animal food products solely from Whole Foods now, and my health is better than ever.
07/21/2013 9:56:12 PM CDT
Al Sanchez says ...
i know where to get my groceries at ;) wish my parents feed me healthy food as a child know is my turn to change that
01/24/2014 10:13:34 PM CST
jennifer young says ...
Can't wait until you open in my town, Schererville, In I'm willing to pay more. Amen
04/04/2014 10:02:59 PM CDT
Marlie says ...
It's great that whole foods offers antibiotic free, but are all chemical free? Ontario residents at least have a healthier and cheaper option (farm to table) http://ow.ly/wYQF9
05/20/2014 5:12:59 PM CDT
George J. Kirkby says ...
Very valuable information, Unfortunately the nearest whole foods market is in Madison or Ridgewood, NJ. We live in Franklin, NJ. Sparta NJ would be very convenient and would probably do a great business.
08/03/2014 6:25:12 PM CDT
Paul Martin says ...
THANK YOU !!! for all you do, WE LOVE YOUR STORES and thank God for you!!! I have health issues and your store and food have helped me survive through the disease i have AND get better. God Bless and thanks for what you do Mr Paul Martin
08/04/2014 5:07:54 PM CDT
Kaiulani says ...
do you have a list of farms your meat, dairy, and other products are sourced from? i realize whole foods has higher standards than other grocery stores, but for me to want to pay the whole foods prices, i need ot make sure these farms are up to my standards and the standards of my family.
09/19/2014 4:41:58 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAIULANI - We do not have a list of the specific vendors at each store since it will differ between every location. Regardless of the vendor, all of the meat we sell must meet our high animal welfare standards. You can find more info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards
09/19/2014 3:25:11 PM CDT
donna dufner says ...
I just saw a video that showed very, very cruel treatment of animals that will end up in our food chain. I was devastated. How can I be sure that your animals are well treated? I have shopped at your stores for years.
01/22/2015 12:38:04 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DONNA - Are you referring to a video at Petaluma Farms? If so, we visited Petaluma Farms last year and did not see conditions as portrayed in the video. Experts interviewed by the New York Times found the video to be inconclusive, citing that many of the scenes illustrated typical chicken behaviors. Nevertheless, we are looking into this from every angle and are working with the producer to ensure its third-party animal welfare certifications are current and that it adheres to the humane practices that we expect and have documented at this farm in the past. The video paints a distorted picture of our animal welfare standards by deliberately combining information about different species of animals, certification groups and factory farms not even associated with our company or products. Since 2004, we have sold cage-free eggs exclusively but we also recognize there are still additional opportunities for improvements. We’ve been working with farmers and animal welfare scientists for several years to establish our own standards for laying hens to ensure humane conditions, provide deeper transparency into our egg suppliers and validate the animal welfare claims producers make via on-site visits. Our private label egg suppliers will begin compliance of these new standards by the end of 2015, with all of our other egg suppliers following suit. Eggs under these new standards will appear in stores by 2016.
01/28/2015 11:58:36 AM CST
Anil kumar says ...
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02/23/2015 10:45:20 PM CST
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03/18/2015 3:58:44 AM CDT

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