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Whole Foods Market is being cited for not maintaining federal health standards for its manufacturing, processing, and packaging component of its food products. The Austin-based grocery giant was issued a warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for how its workers handled and packaged food during an inspection earlier this year. Workers failed to properly sanitize food-prep areas and equipment. Federal officials in a letter also issued a stern warning about the potential Listeria...

A century ago, your typical chicken was really kind of scrawny. It took about four months to grow to a weight of 3 pounds. One result: Americans really didn't eat much chicken. Today, the typical broiler, or meat chicken, turns feed into meat at a mind-boggling pace. Compared with the bird of yesteryear, it grows to twice the size in half the time. But some animal welfare advocates want the poultry industry to turn back the clock. Modern meat chickens are growing so fast, they say, that they...

You've probably heard of ugly fruits and veggies . They may not be pretty, but they're still perfectly tasty and nutritious. And there are lots of efforts to keep these cosmetically challenged foods (think gnarled carrots, or funky, misshapen apples) from landing in the landfill because they don't meet retailers' beauty standards. As awareness of massive food waste grows (we toss out enough food to fill 44 skyscrapers each year), two major retailers now say they're ready to experiment with...

Last week, the Twitterverse became enraged after advertising copywriter Nathalie Gordon posted a photo of pre-peeled, plastic-packaged oranges. "If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them," tweeted Gordon in a post that soon went viral. To make matters worse, these decidedly unwhole fruits were being sold by the grocery chain Whole Foods. As American consumption of fruits and vegetables continues to lag behind recommended amounts ...

Whole Foods Market has announced that by April of next year it will stop sourcing foods that are produced using prison labor. The move comes on the heels of a demonstration in Houston where the company was chastised for employing inmates through prison-work programs. Michael Allen, founder of End Mass Incarceration Houston , organized the protest. He says Whole Foods was engaging in exploitation since inmates are typically paid very low wages. "People are incarcerated and then forced to work...

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