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Whole Foods Warned Over “Serious Violations”

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

The FDA fired off a warning letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb earlier this month concerning what the agency called “serious violations” it uncovered while inspecting one of the company’s food preparation facilities in Everett, Massachusetts, in February.

The letter, dated June 8, stated the FDA found various items, including pesto pasta, mushroom quesadillas, egg salad, and couscous, being stored in areas where “condensate” was leaking from ceiling joints, a doorway, and a condenser fan.

An inspector found several other violations, as well, such as failure to sanitize food prep surfaces, dirty dishes near food, a lack of hot water for hand-washing, and an employee who sprayed an ammonium-based sanitizer on “an open colander of salad leafy greens.” [1]

Having hot water might not have made much of a difference because, additionally, the FDA said Whole Foods employees did not wash hands between tasks, nor did they wear gloves. [2]

Investigators didn’t find evidence that the Whole Foods facility harbored any pathenogenic bacteria – 1 out of 100 swabs taken on surfaces that come into contact with good and other surfaces tested positive for nonpathogenic listeria. But based on the agency’s findings, the perfect conditions exist for bugs to spread.

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