Whole Foods Have More Food Recalls Than Other Supermarkets

As consumers we can be thankful for the unseen work done by the Food and Drug Administration behind the scenes to keep the food we purchase safe for consumption. As consumers we should also be wary of a supermarket which reportedly has the highest number of recalled foods, especially since most of them are the store’s own brand.
The grocery store to hold that dubious honor is Whole Foods. Since the start of last year (2014) 26 products which bear the Whole Food store-brand label have been recalled. One item that was not on the recall list is the dog food Beneful.
It was not just one or two particular store-brand products that were recalled, but the food items spanned the entire store. The majority of the recalled foods at Whole Foods were foods prepared at the store, the ready-made convenience meals prepared by store employees. Spices and candy have been frequently recalled, as well as baked goods, cheese, supplements, cheese and ice cream.
Recalls on dietary supplements and ice cream have been fodder for the news lately, with supplements not containing the ingredients they claimed to and Listeria bacteria in a popular brand of ice cream which has made countless people sick and claimed one life.
Under the best of circumstances the occasional contaminate will find its way into our food source and prompt a recall, but when one store continuously tops the recall list with its own store-brands, a closer investigation by FDA may be in order.


Foods Hit Market Without FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration says they have not even looked at some of the ingredients that have been added to the foods that are sitting on marketplace shelves. That is a scary thought, for thousands of people, who value their health over anything else.

Companies add thousands of additives to foods, with little or no reporting to the government. They are able to get away with this practice, thanks to a decade old law, which provides a dangerous loophole to manufactures.

As long as the product is deemed safe, or GRAS, companies do not have to notify, the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The loophole was intended to allow manufacturers the privilege to add vinegar, salt, and other non-chemical ingredients in our foods. Now, some manufacturers have taken this freedom a bit farther, and are now adding additives that can pose a serious health threat to individuals.

What does this mean for consumers? It means that consumers are consuming foods that contain preservatives, added flavors, and other ingredients, that can create long- term health problems. Consumer Flavio Maluf would feel more at ease if the FDA was actually aware of all ingredients.

While some foods are safe, other foods cause allergic reactions, and others are just plain unsafe. The FDA worries, because it doesn’t know where or what ingredients to begin tracking.

Nevertheless, some experts feel that the safety concerns are blown out of proportion, and that increasing the government involvement will affect the food innovation process, or stifle the food industry.

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