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Whole Foods Ranked Worst on Cancer-Linked Package Chemicals

(Bloomberg) -- Whole Foods Market, hailed for its high standards for healthy food, ranked worst in a study of five major U.S. grocery chains for chemicals it uses in packaging at its popular hot-food bar. In response, the company said it has removed all the coated paper products in question and has started a search for new biodegradable packaging.

The study -- released by watchdog groups Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future -- found that Amazon.com Inc.’s grocer was the biggest offender when it came to food contact papers that appear to have been treated with a class of chemicals, some of which have been linked to cancer. They found high levels of fluorine in five of the 17 items tested at Whole Foods -- four of which were containers for its salad and hot-food bar.

“Whole Foods Market introduced compostable containers to reduce our environmental footprint, but given new concerns about the possible presence of PFAS, we have removed all prepared foods and bakery packaging highlighted in the report,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We’re actively working with our suppliers to find and scale new compostable packaging options.”

Greater Scrutiny

The development highlights how chemicals known as PFAS (“pee-fas,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are drawing greater attention from consumers. The substances are also the target of renewed scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The policy change shows how companies like Whole Foods, which has built its brand on selling natural and healthy products and maintains a list of unacceptable items, can still struggle to live up to their lofty ideals across supply chains.

The presence of fluorine is a sign that the items were likely treated with a type of PFAS, according to the study. The concerns around the chemicals are multiple: They may migrate to food held in the containers and can linger for a lengthy period in the human body. Some types have been shown to hamper the immune system or promote cancer, and have been phased out. While newer varieties have yet to be tested, those that have been examined show problems, scientists say. Because they never degrade, packaging sent to landfills and compost can end up contaminating soil and water.

Whole Foods containers were known as “Bio-Plus Terra II,” according to the study, which reported that Fold-Pak, the company making them, was using a product from Cascades Sonoco Inc. Cascades Sonoco has since moved to eliminate PFAS from the product, the study found. Fold-Pak and Cascades Sonoco didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

Albertsons, Kroger

Other grocers, including Albertsons, Kroger and Ahold Delhaize NV, the owner of Food Lion and Stop & Shop, had fewer items that tested positive for the substance. These were usually deli or bakery papers. Trader Joe’s was the only company that had zero items.

“Trader Joe’s is asking its vendors to avoid the use of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in packaging for our products. In addition, Trader Joe’s does not have food bars or delis, so takeout food containers are typically not found in our stores,” a spokeswoman for the grocer said in an email.

PFAS are widely used in waterproof or stain-proof fabrics, electronics, Teflon manufacturing, and 3M Co.’s Scotchgard. The substances help prevent grease from soaking through paper in food contact materials.

3M does not supply any fluorinated materials for any of the product applications identified in the report, a spokeswoman said in an email.

Many kinds of PFAS are widely found in U.S. drinking water, and lawsuits from states, water districts and people who claim personal injury or property damage allege pollution through industrial sites or their use in fire-fighting foams.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Mike Schade, who works with Safer Chemicals, referring to the Whole Foods announcement. He noted, however, that the chain hasn’t yet shared what alternative material it will be switching to. As director of the watchdog’s “Mind the Store” campaign that pushes health issues with retailers, he had raised the issue in a March 23 letter to Whole Foods, and recommended in September that Whole Foods take action on the issue.

The study is intended to push grocery stores to move to safer alternatives. A similar study in 2017 found that fast-food chains also used the chemicals.

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Never been a shopper
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Whole Foods is still a great place to shop, but I fear that they are chasing away non- Amazon Prime customers.
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'They want us to be robots': Whole Foods workers fear Amazon's changes

Whole Foods employees across the US are beginning to organize to push back against Amazon’s changes to the supermarket chain.

 Whole Foods employees across the US are beginning to organize to push back against Amazon’s changes to the supermarket chain. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Whole Foods staff are worried that Amazon, the grocery chain’s new owner, is trying to turn them into “robots” and are seeking to set up a union to protect their jobs.

Workers at “America’s healthiest grocery store” say management is trying to cut jobs and reduce wages as they reshape the 38-year-old grocery chain in Amazon’s image.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/oct/01/whole-foods-amazon-union-organization-grocery-chain


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I'm not an Amazon type person- I don't or won't buy at Whole Foods.
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'I am not afraid to get fired... that gives me a position of strength to speak the truth': Whole Foods CEO John Mackey rants about clashes with parent-company Amazon in leaked audio recording

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Whole Foods and Amazon executives have been in a love-hate relationship since the internet retailer took over the title as parent company of the supermarket chain back in August.

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I've noticed a huge difference in Whole Foods since the takeover- not good changes either!
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The first Whole Foods store, shown in Austin in 1981. Some Whole Foods managers have bristled at reporting to younger Amazon executives; other employees say the new owner isn’t communicating enough.
The first Whole Foods store, shown in Austin in 1981. Some Whole Foods managers have bristled at reporting to younger Amazon executives; other employees say the new owner isn’t communicating enough. PHOTO: AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
 

An executive exodus is under way at Whole Foods, as Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.29%integrates the pioneering natural grocer into its retail empire.

More than a dozen executives and senior managers have left since Amazon acquired Whole Foods last year, according to former employees and recruiters steering them to new jobs. People who have left include leaders of the bakery, produce, sustainability and local-foods divisions. 

Some veterans have left even though higher-ups asked them to stay. Others say they were pushed out after the deal was announced but before it closed, as Whole Foods sought to tighten command.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/whole-foods-is-losing-executives-under-new-owner-amazon-1521711002

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WHOLE FOODS calls meeting with vendors as tensions flare...
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Now I need to buy Amazon prime for $99 to shop in Whole Foods to get special prices? Is it even legal?
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‘I wake up ... from nightmares:’ Why Whole Foods workers are hating life

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'Entire aisles are empty': Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis

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Officially whole: Amazon completes its $13.7billion takeover of the organic grocer creating lower food prices in the process 

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Amazon closed its $13.7billion buyout of Whole Foods on Monday and as part of the electronic commerce company's customer loyalty practice, have decided to lower prices.

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Amazon set to complete $13billion buyout of Whole Foods on Monday and REDUCE prices across the store

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Amazon will close its $13.7 billion buyout of Whole Foods Market Inc. on Monday and plans to cut prices on grocery staples. certain Whole Foods products will be available through Amazon

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods in $13.7B deal
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E-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) announced Friday it will snap up struggling grocery chain Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $42 per share in an all-cash deal valued about $13.7 billion including debt.  "Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement.\

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/06/16/amazon-to-buy-whole-foods-in-13-7b-deal.html

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We were right 2 weeks ago... THIS WAS A SCAM!!!!

Very doubtful story.. Anyone who goes to WF knows this!

'Love wins f**': Gay pastor sues Whole Foods claiming store wrote homophobic slur on top of his custom cake

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Jordan Brown of Austin, Texas says that he ordered a cake at the upscale grocer and asked if they could write 'Love Wins' in icing, but when he received the cake it read 'Love Wins F**.'

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FBI arrests man caught on video spraying mixture of mouse poison and hand sanitizer on food bar at Whole Foods

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Authorities have apprehended the man who was caught on surveillance camera spraying a combination of liquids that included mouse poison on food at grocery stores in Michigan.

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Whole Foods' top executives apologize after customers were overcharged because every price was wrong across stores in New York


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Whole Foods’ New 365 Stores Might Include Tattoo Parlors Because Millennials

Everyone knows how annoying it is when all you want is a bunch of carrots, some celery, crusty bread, and body art that will never come off your skin without an expensive, painful removal process, and you just can’t find a one-stop shop for it all. Here comes Whole Foods with its new “365 by Whole Foods Market” stores, which may include in-house tattoo parlors, because that makes complete and total sense. [More]

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Whole Foods Founder John Mackey: Obamacare Is Fascist, Not Socialist

Having made a controversial statement comparing Obamacare to socialism in 2009, Whole Food's Founder John Mackey told National Public Radio that the massive healthcare overhaul is "more like fascism."

In an interview that airs Wednesday in two parts, Mackey, a self-described libertarian, was asked by NPR's Steve Inskeep to revisit his 2009 assertion that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is socialist.

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