Whole Foods announces major mistake with chicken and tuna packaging


Whole Foods received 440 pounds of chicken salad from Willow Tree Poultry Farm, but the order has been recalled after it was discovered that the shipment contained tuna, not chicken. Whole Foods employees found the discrepancy and flagged the affected products.

While no illnesses have been reported due to the mix-up, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns that tuna is a known allergen.

The affected products include 12.5-ounce individual packets of buffalo chicken salad, shipped to Whole Foods locations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. According to Willow Tree farm representatives, the affected containers actually contain cranberry-apple tuna salad. Customers who find they purchased the mislabeled product should throw them away or return them to Whole Foods.

Parallels have been made between this mix-up and another. If anyone cares to recall, in 2003 Jessica Simpson asked then husband Nick Lachey if the tuna she was eating was actually chicken, because the can label said “Chicken of the Sea.” Her infamous inquiry, “Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish?” occurred during an episode of Newlyweds:Nick and Jessica, and garnered a lot of attention for the show.

Whole Foods customers may now be asking themselves the same question.

A clip of the Newlyweds exchange is included below.

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