FDA Issues Warning Letter to Whole Foods

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb citing "serious violations." The warning comes after the FDA inspected a food preparation center in Everett, Massachusetts, in February. 

Some of the violations include leaving prepared foods uncovered in areas where condensate was dripping from the ceiling, failing to change gloves between tasks, and having unsanitary surfaces. 

The laundry list of questionable practices has been enough to shock investors and sent stocks plummeting more than 2.5% Tuesday, which pushes stock into the red for the year. 

Whole Foods reportedly responded to the FDA's letter. The response was not sufficient, according to the FDA. They stated that they continue to have "serious concerns."

The FDA's letter stated, "We do not consider your response acceptable because you failed to provide documentation for our review, which demonstrates that all your noted corrective actions have been effectively implemented." 

These latest violations come after multiple recalls in past months, when a reputation for being expensive had already sparked a publicity problem over the last year.