For all of its claims that its over-priced food is healthy, organic, and raised ethically, Whole Foods’ turkeys are allegedly not a good example of its promise for customers.
A video released by an animal rights group called Direct Action Everywhere, or “DxE” shows turkeys from the chain allegedly living in filthy and crowded barns with feces covering most of the floor.
“This particular case was galling because the farm in question had a “front farm” that according to water quality records has not been a commercial farm in several years,” the animal rights agency claims.
The group took part in a nine-month investigation of Diestel Turkey Farm in Sonora, California, which has received Whole Foods’ highest rating for animal welfare.
“The truth is that a vast majority of the turkeys actually come from another facility that is absolutely horrific,” the group says.
Michael Silverman, a Whole Foods spokesperson tells FoxBusiness the group is misleading customers. “Everything they say, do and show is produced with that specific goal in-mind.”
Within hours of this video being brought to our attention, Whole Foods sent an expert team to evaluate the conditions of the Diestel farm. Our team found that the conditions were not as they were portrayed in the video,” he adds.
Whole Foods says it audits every farm on a 15 month basis and that it uses a third party audit team to check conditions.
Heidi Diestel, a 4th generation family farmer at Diestel Farms tells FoxBusiness they “cannot confirm the video presented is from their farm.”
“Diestel farmers walk the turkeys every day,” the family said in a statement. “It seems very clear that the mission of Direct Action Everywhere is to end farm animal agriculture and meat consumption completely.”
DxE claims that the Whole Foods audit system is “at best negligent.”
Here’s the video of the alleged turkey abuse.