Whole Foods has antibiotics in its beef labeled antibiotic-free: Lawsuit

Despite the fact that Amazon.com-owned Whole Foods publicly claims there are no antibiotics ever in the meat they sell, several consumers are suing Whole Foods, claiming traces of antibiotics were found in their beef products labeled antibiotic-free*.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Farm Forward, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending factory farming, said it did its own testing in 2021 and 2022 and found traces of monensin sodium, a growth antibiotic, in one sample of a Whole Foods beef product, and fenbendazole, an antiparasitic, in five Whole Foods beef products.  Prior to the lawsuit, Farm Forward shared its findings with the CEO of Whole Foods, but received no response.

The lawsuit also claims Whole Foods financially exploited its customers by charging significantly more for its meat products compared to competitors, under the guise that their products are healthier.

*Some of Whole Foods’ cattle are sourced from the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Animal Welfare Certified program. A study published on Science.org in April found that in an independent lab test, 26% of these cattle tested positive for antibiotics.