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veggiemaya
Feb 27th, 2008, 06:52 PM
I have just stumbled upon this article on the Living Vegan (http://www.livingvegan.org/Articles/viewarticle/29/Whole_Foods_steps_it_up.html)website and it is seriously disappointing!! Apparently there have been a few instances where Whole Foods is labeling things as vegan when the food is NOT vegan! some of the foods even containing eggs and whole milk!! I guess this just goes to show you that even if you clearly see something marked as "vegan", it pays to read the ingredients!

tsk tsk, Whole Foods!!

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 06:58 PM
Doesn't surprise me in the least!

I haven't shopped at Whole Foods in two years. There was always something fishy about them.

Plus I couldn't stand the attitudes of the workers there -- it's all about "team members" and not about customers.

I can share stories that would make your head spin about that place, especially the one in Montclair, New Jersey. I even called the Vice President of the area an asshole.

MillieAnne
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:33 PM
This makes me so extremely sad because i literally just got back from Whole Foods with a "vegan" chocolate cupcake and am now scared to each it.

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:35 PM
I'd return it Millie.

MillieAnne
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:40 PM
I'll just give it to one of my omni roomies.....damn their delicious frosting!

Thanks for the heads up

Roxy
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:48 PM
Maybe, as it seems to be a problem in one particular area, the employees could be playing stupid pranks and deliberately mis-labelling products? Just a thought.

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:52 PM
Roxy, I think it's more like the employees are just plain stupid period.

Of all the Whole Foods I've been to, New York and New Jersey, no one seems to know their ass from their elbows. You can't go in expecting these people to know anything. Perhaps it's different in other parts of the country or Canada, but in my experiences, not one of them was anything special.

The one that they speak of that misled the public was in Union Square, NYC ... When I used to sell my art in the streets at Union Square, I choose the Farmer's Market over Whole Foods ... they had everything, including raw sauerkraut -- at half the price.

veggiemaya
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:52 PM
I'll just give it to one of my omni roomies.....damn their delicious frosting!

Thanks for the heads up

yeah, i guess just to play it safe, i would only get things with the ingredients listed from whole foods now.

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:53 PM
yeah, i guess just to play it safe, i would only get things with the ingredients listed from whole foods now.

Yeah, but wasn't the point of the article that food is being mislabeled?

veggiemaya
Feb 27th, 2008, 08:04 PM
Yeah, but wasn't the point of the article that food is being mislabeled?

yeah, but i mean, i have actually come across things that are supposed to be vegan or dairy free..and will see that honey or some form of dairy is listed in the ingredients section. as far as it being something that doesnt list the ingredients...yeah, i would just avoid it altogether.

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Okay, gotcha, thanks Maya

bryzee86
Feb 27th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Wow, I've never had any problems with WF or Fresh & Wild here. I'll keep my eyes peeled when I'm over there.

veggiemaya
Feb 27th, 2008, 09:25 PM
..Of all the Whole Foods I've been to, New York and New Jersey, no one seems to know their ass from their elbows...

hahaha....i've never heard anyone except for myself and my mother use that ass/elbow phrase! love it!! :p
do you ever wonder if it's just the attitudes of the people in general that are in our area? i mean, i have been sometimes shocked with how friendly and helpful people can be in other parts of the country, because i have always lived here.

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 09:30 PM
Maya, yes, definitely! When I traveled to other states, or even further south Jersey ... people are soooooo nice!! Actually I'm in Union County and people are pretty nice here. I work in North Jersey though ... and it's really annoying how nasty people can be.

Healthy
Feb 27th, 2008, 09:32 PM
P.S. Maya -- your cat looks sooooo cute and innocent in that icon! I wanna snuggle with him! Does he snuggle?

snivelingchild
Feb 28th, 2008, 04:00 AM
YES, the whole food I used to shop at would have a 'vegan' meal OBVIOUSLY containing the same egg noodles as the dish next to it. The vegan dish would just say noodles, and the non-vegan one had the ingredients IN the noodles, which were eggs. I almost complained a million times, but whenever I left, I was always so mad I didn't want to stay there another minute.

They even put honey in their sushi, which annoyed me.

Roxy
Feb 28th, 2008, 04:19 AM
When I used to sell my art in the streets at Union Square, I choose the Farmer's Market over Whole Foods ... they had everything, including raw sauerkraut -- at half the price.

Yes, they definately are expensive!

veggiemaya
Feb 28th, 2008, 05:28 AM
Maya, yes, definitely! When I traveled to other states, or even further south Jersey ... people are soooooo nice!! Actually I'm in Union County and people are pretty nice here. I work in North Jersey though ... and it's really annoying how nasty people can be.

haha, its crazy what a difference such a short distance makes, isnt it? one of the reasons i decided to move south was because when i would come down this way to go out with my cousins who have always lived down here..i would find myself with an overall better disposition. and i would wind up slipping back in to an attitude when i would get back home. (i grew up in essex county) first time my dad came to visit he said a gas station attendant was so nice, he was leary of him! haha! funny....yet sad

veggiemaya
Feb 28th, 2008, 05:35 AM
P.S. Maya -- your cat looks sooooo cute and innocent in that icon! I wanna snuggle with him! Does he snuggle?

actually, its a she. and she definitely does snuggle. she will jump up on my lap, sometimes pat my cheek with her paw..and push her little forehead in to my face so i can give her a kiss. its amazingly sweet! but...i must admit...she can be a maniac too. shes also been known to smack me clear across my cheek when shes in a feisty mood. of course, i still think its amazingly sweet. :p

Healthy
Feb 28th, 2008, 11:36 AM
Sniveling -- urgh!! That's one of the reasons I knicknamed Whole Foods: assWhole Foods!

Maya -- I grew up in Essex County too! I'm in Union County, and wow, what a difference. I make friends in the A&P :)

veggiemaya
Feb 28th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Whole Foods: assWhole Foods!

hahaha, good one!



Maya -- I grew up in Essex County too! I'm in Union County, and wow, what a difference. I make friends in the A&P :)

no way!! what town, if you dont mind me asking.

Sarah_
May 23rd, 2008, 08:33 PM
I shop at Whole Foods all the time, though I admit it is expensive. That and Trader Joe's are my two stores that I basic ally frequent because I like the convenience of being able to go to a store that caters to veg*n diets instead of picking and choosing my way through a Ralphs.
The one I go to (it's in Long Beach where a Wild Oats used to be) is very nice. I've never had problems with them, and I've never had mislabeling issues-perhaps because I read all ingredients anyway, regardless of what the label says. The staff know what they're doing even when I go to them with weird obscure questions. Perhaps it's just the benefit of living in Orange County.
The folks at my Trader Joe's are a little less than updated on their vegan ingredients. I asked one of the store people whether the Trader Ming's boxed noodles were really vegan (as it was labeled vegan but contained lactic acid) and the store person seemed a bit lost and gave me a sort of "why not just try it" attitude. I know that there's more than one way to get lactic acid, but still. Also, there was a woman who was giving out samples and I saw a man eat some of whatever it was after the woman told him it was vegan. I looked on the label and it was NOT.

Sorry to rant, but all in all my Whole Foods experience has been nice.

veganwitch
May 24th, 2008, 02:33 AM
I love Whole Foods and have had very positive experiences there. I've asked questions of the employees and if they aren't sure they've always gone to check with someone else to be sure. Last year my husband ordered me a birthday cake there. When he went to pick it up it wasn't quite ready because they were trying to come up with a vegan suitable way to write a message on top. They felt so bad he had to wait that they didn't charge him for the cake.

Roxy
May 24th, 2008, 02:38 AM
Awww what a lovely husband. If I don't buy my own birthday cake, I gotta make it :rolleyes:

Well, we have a Wholefoods here and admittedly, I do like shopping there. It's quite a drive from here though, so I tend to only go there if I'm over that way for something else. It is pretty expensive too. Actually - it's super expensive lol.....but it's a nice shopping atmosphere and they do stock some products which are can be really hard to find anywhere else.

veganwitch
May 24th, 2008, 02:41 AM
Our WF is an hour away which is probably a good thing. It is always a triple digit shopping bill when we go there. My hubby jokes that if we lived near there we'd be broke.