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Whole Foods Denies Report It Discouraged Social Distancing

The grocer says health and safety are its highest priority.
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Whole Foods has denied allegations that it discouraged social distancing, in turn leading to workers testing positive for COVID-19.

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich claimed in a tweet that at least six employees at a Whole Foods warehouse located in Brooklyn had tested positive for the disease since October. Reich, who worked under former President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997, alleged that "safe social distancing is not just ignored but discouraged." He did not disclose his sources for the information. (To protect yourself from the coronavirus, here is The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

Whole Foods disputed the accusations in comments to The New York PostEat This, Not That! has also reached out independently to the grocer for comment.

"There is no higher priority for us than the health and safety of our team members. Suggestions that we discourage safe practices are completely false," a spokesperson told the news outlet. "Our extensive safety measures, including social distancing protocols, are regularly audited to ensure compliance and we are working closely with local health and food safety authorities."

The grocery store chain is owned by Amazon, which revealed that nearly 20,000 of its workers had either tested positive for or presumably been infected with COVID-19 between March and October 2020.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more