Whole Foods Has Big Labeling Mix-Up
Reversed labels on chicken, vegan salads
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 10, 2013 9:58 AM CDT
A soon-to-open Whole Foods is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/John Miller)

(Newser) – Whoops. Whole Foods, a chain that likely has no shortage of vegan customers, mixed up the labels on its curried chicken salad and its vegan "chick'n" salad at more than a dozen stores across the Northeast this week, the chain announced today. The snafu affected stores in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Jersey, the AP reports. In some cases the mislabeled salads were on cold bars where customers filled their own containers; in others, they were sold as "prepared food."

In addition to the obvious displeasure vegans might feel about being made unwitting carnivores, the incident was potentially dangerous, the FDA pointed out, because the vegan salad contains soy and the chicken salad contains egg, and people allergic to either could suffer life-threatening reactions if they unwittingly consumed them. That said, no illnesses have yet been reported, per Whole Foods. The mislabeled salads were only on sale on Tuesday and Wednesday, but if you've been hanging onto one, proceed with due caution.

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May 11, 2013 1:53 AM CDT
You eat meat? stfu and stuff your face. You don't eat meat? stfu and stuff your face. wasn't that simple children?
May 10, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
No mention of irate meat eaters. I'd be pissed if I got a fukking chick pea salad. Each one's like a little powdery, soggy fart.
May 10, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
Ah, Whole Foods, where your money goes to leave you. Sure it hit town with a big chabang. Sure I was taken away with all the prepared foods until I reached the checkout stand. Imagine paying $10 for a small container of potato salad. So you just boil some potatoes and add the mayo and spices you have on hand and your there.