With sky-high prices and rows of organic produce, Whole Foods doesn’t seem like the type of place where you have to worry about food safety. But the FDA’s stern warning letter to the upscale grocery chain is making us think twice before grabbing one of its prepared meals.
FDA inspectors discovered disturbing health violations, including water dripping from the ceiling onto food, employees forgetting to wash their hands, and equipment conditions that could allow for the growth of listeria (a potentially deadly bacteria). Yikes! The violations happened at a facility that preps food for stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. Whole Foods was quick to respond and said it’s already addressed all the issues—but the fact that the violations happened in the first place is concerning.
Read the FDA’s full letter below but be warned: You may never want to eat quesadillas from Whole Foods again.