Printer Friendly

WHOLE FOODS fined for commingling.

The Whole Foods Market store in Monterey, Calif., became the first retailer to be slapped with a $500 fine for violating state law that prohibits commingling of organic and conventional produce. While Whole Foods declined to comment, company officials have said in the past that they prefer not to segregate their produce for marketing purposes.

Whole Foods Markets in other counties as well as independent retailers and farmers' markets have been cited by agricultural inspectors in the past for the commingling violation, but this is the first time a stiff fine has been imposed. Unless Whole Foods appeals or asks for a hearing, the company will be required to pay the penalty.

Gary Willey, deputy agriculture commissioner for Monterey County, says Whole Foods was cited because of repeated violations, and notes that the commingling has the "potential of damaging the integrity of the situation." The county does not tell stores how to rectify the displays, but at the very least they must have some type of divider that prevents conventional from touching organic produce, Willey notes. Retailers are also warned about wet racks where conventional vegetables and fruits maybe dripping on organic produce below.
COPYRIGHT 2000 MacFadden Communications Group LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2000 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Blank, Dennis
Publication:Grocery Headquarters
Date:Oct 1, 2000
Previous Article:Iceland goes green.
Next Article:What do teen employees want? R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Related Articles
Defining organic.
First fully human embryonic stem cell line created in joint Singapore-Australia venture.
Three federal agencies coordinated on testing of GM food.
Now you can kick unsorted recyclables to the curb.
Wells purchase takes ownership to 5.7m s/f.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters