Now we know why Whole Foods charges so much for its food — it comes with extra protein!
Ah yes, the great bastion of Pseudo-science and elitist aisles of grocery bliss has had a rather embarrassing encounter with the health department in California. Employee Marc Melancon arrived at Whole Foods, where he works at the meat counter, to discover that the meat case was crawling with maggots.
Approximately 40 maggots, if you believe Marc. However, Whole Foods told the San Francisco Health Department that there was only one maggot. Because, you know, one maggot is better than 40 maggots.
Of course, the health department confirmed what we already know – if there is one wiggling little maggot, there are actually lots and lots more.
But the presence of maggots in the meat isn’t even the most cringe-worthy part of this tale. Whole Foods continued to sell the meat for 7 hours after the maggots were discovered. In a later interview, Mr. Melancon admitted that he now feels bad he continued to sell the meat to customers, knowing that there was maggots in it.
To make things better, the health department ordered Whole Foods to clean out the meat counter completely, including the drains beneath the counter where they suspected the infestation started. However, when they returned several days later… it still hadn’t been done. Oops. I’m sure it was an inadvertent miss. I mean, that’s one of those things you could totally just forget to do; right?
Now, I don’t shop at Whole Foods because I find their aversion to science and technology distasteful. But I hope the folks that frequent the store so as to get “better” food are paying attention. I suppose we should have asked — are the maggots organic and GMO-free?
You can watch the news segment on this, including an interview the Whole Foods employee: