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Action Item: Are Whole Foods Employees Intentionally Misleading Customers about Toxic Heavy Metals in Rice Protein Products?

For Related Articles and More Information, Please Visit OCA's Food Safety Research Center Page and our Myth of Natural Page.

Go to Whole Foods today, pick a rice protein product off the shelf, and ask the store manager why they are selling rice protein containing toxic heavy metals at such high levels that they often exceed California Prop. 65 limits by over 1,000%! The answer you get may shock you: some Whole Foods employees and store managers are falsely claiming there are no heavy metals in the products they sell!

One store employee told a Natural News contributing writer, "Oh, that's just somebody on the internet. We would never sell something if it had heavy metals in it." (Really? Then they are sadly misinformed...)

A store manager at another store actually said, "That's been debunked. Mike Adams doesn't even have a lab. There are no heavy metals in the proteins we sell." (Except that there are, see results below...)

Some Whole Foods employees, in other words, seem to have no clue that the products they're representing -- including "organic" products -- contain concerning levels of toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. They may have even been instructed to provide false and misleading answers when customers ask about the issue. What they don't seem to be telling customers is that just one scoop of a rice protein sold at Whole Foods can expose you to over 1,000% the daily lead limit defined by California Prop. 65.

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