Whole Foods is objecting to proceeding with discovery in a consumer lawsuit. It’s not a good sign that the largest natural retailer in the country, which built a reputation on being honest and transparent, won’t share even the most basic information with the public about who supplies their meat or give assurances that they’ve taken steps to ensure their marketing claims are true. Read more from Farm Forward here.
A class action claims some of the meat sold by Whole Foods, the pioneer of natural food, contains antibiotics, even though the 300-store chain tells shoppers it doesn’t.
The allegations stem from meat sold in Whole Foods locations in southern California, which advocacy nonprofit Farm Forward tested for antibiotics and other adulterants. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, aims to reverse the trend of undisclosed use of antibiotics in the no-antibiotics-ever meat industry and to curb the spread of antibiotic resistance, which is driven by overuse of antibiotics in industrial meat production. More Here.
Farm Forward has joined a consumer class action lawsuit against Whole Foods alleging that the retail giant is deceiving shoppers about beef products in its stores. Read more from Farm Forward here.
“We have hard evidence not only that meat on Whole Foods shelves could be marketed deceptively as antibiotic free, but that the problem extends to the entire industry,” says Andrew deCoriolis, Executive Director of Farm Forward. “Industry insiders know that meat is being marketed deceptively as “antibiotic free.” Rather than thoroughly test to ensure the accuracy of its own antibiotic claims, Whole Foods has profited while deceiving its customers.”
Compassionate Living Files Lawsuit Against egg producer Vital Farms for fraudulent advertising. Vital Farms is a nationwide producer of eggs and dairy and their cartons, labeling, website, and marketing are filled with promises of a good life for the animals on their over 250 farms. Click here for more info.
A disturbing whistleblower report to PETA reveals the horrific suffering of newly hatched chicks at a Wayne Farms hatchery. Some of Wayne Farms’ chicken meat is certified by the Global Animal Partnership (Whole Foods' "Animal Welfare Standards" Company) and sold with the assurance that it is “animal welfare certified." See more from PETA here.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an explosive article reporting that beef certified by Global Animal Partnership (GAP), the animal welfare certification used primarily by Whole Foods Market, was found to contain antibiotic residue despite GAP’s and Whole Foods’ claims that their meat is “antibiotic-free.” Read more from Farm Forward here.
Farm Forward has found a variety of drugs, including an antibiotic, in meat certified as having “no antibiotics, ever” taken from products purchased from Whole Foods store shelves. The drugs, including fenbendazole, clopidol, and monensin, are used widely in conventional animal agriculture. The use of monensin is prohibited within the USDA Organic program and by Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP’s) Animal Welfare Certified™ program, which certifies all meat sold in Whole Foods stores. Read more from their investigation here.
Whole Foods Market and GAP’s humanewashing is leading consumers to believe that they can purchase chickens from Whole Foods who do not suffer because they have been genetically modified for fast growth in ways that are known to produce leg deformities, muscle myopathies, and weakened immune systems. The reality is that chickens within GAP’s program will still suffer in these same ways... Read more from Farm Forward here.
You can place a green, certified humane, label on products, but that clearly isn't what is happening at these large factory farm facilities. New footage from Foster Farms, California’s largest poultry producer, shows the company continuing to engage in similar behavior that activists allege amounts to cruel treatment of live chickens. Foster Farms, which was recertified by the AHA earlier this year, has been on the receiving end of millions of dollars in state and local subsidies to expand its product lines in California. Read more from The Intercept here.