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Report: FDA Issues Warning To Whole Foods Over Unsanitary Kitchen Conditions

Jun 15, 2016 06:20AM ● By Bill Gilman
Federal investigators are warning that food prepared in the kitchens at Whole Foods Market "may have been contaminated with filth."
According to an Associated Press report, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to company executives, describing what was described as "serious violations" at a Massachusetts kitchen.
Whole Foods does not have a Tewksbury location but does have stores in Andover and Bedford.
According to the report, there were multiple inspections of the North Atlantic kitchen in Everett, conducted in February by the FDA's Public Health Service

Some of the violations listed were :

-- Condensate from ceiling joints dripping onto work surfaces below.

-- An employee spraying sanitizer on work surfaces near a coworker preparing food, resulting in the "sanitizer being sprayed onto an open colander of salad leafy greens." 

-- Employees not washing hands or changing gloves in between tasks.

In its letter, dated June 8, the FDA said Whole Foods had failed to provide sufficient information to investigators and failed to take sufficient action to fix the problems. The FDA gave Whole Foods Market 15 days from its receipt of the letter to specify what the company has done to correct the violations.

Whole Foods officials told the Associated Press they had  already taken the needed steps to address the concerns outlined in the letter.

"The thorough and tangible steps that were taken in the North Atlantic Kitchen to address each of these points were not reflected in the FDA's follow-up letter, and we have contacted them to discuss the matter," the company said in a statement.


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