NPR – Several consumers are suing Whole Foods, claiming traces of antibiotics were found in their beef products labeled antibiotic-free, according to a lawsuit filed in California this week.
Whole Foods uses the slogan, “Our Meat: No Antibiotics, Ever” in its marketing materials, such as on packaging, signs in the store and on its parent website, Amazon.
“The lawsuit also claims Whole Foods financially exploited its customers.”
But one of the plaintiffs, Farm Forward, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending factory farming, said it did its own testing in 2021 and 2022 and found traces of monensin sodium, a growth antibiotic, in one sample of a Whole Foods beef product, and fenbendazole, an antiparasitic, in five Whole Foods beef products.
The organization said it shared its findings with the CEO of Whole Foods, but received no response.
The organization also alleges it emailed a Whole Foods executive in 2017 suggesting a testing method to verify the supermarket’s antibiotic-free claims, but were told “the repercussions for having a positive result were beyond ridiculous” … READ MORE.