Viral Whole Foods Pulls Pre-Peeled Oranges After Social Media Backlash
If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them. pic.twitter.com/00YECaHB4D
— Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) March 3, 2016
It appears that oranges aren't just a great source of vitamin C but also controversy.
After Twitter user Nathalie Gordon posted a photo of pre-peeled oranges for sale at a California Whole Foods store, many took to social media to ridicule the company.
They pointed out that placing the fruit in bulky, individual plastic containers - and selling them for $5.99 a pound - is hardly efficient or eco-friendly.
Whole Foods tweeted an apology on Thursday, saying the product has been pulled from the shelves and they will sell the fruit in its "natural packaging":
@awlilnatty Definitely our mistake. These have been pulled. We hear you, and we will leave them in their natural packaging: the peel.
— Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods) March 3, 2016
But it seems that Whole Foods just can’t win, as many others later complained that the pre-peeled oranges are helpful for customers who struggle with conditions such as arthritis.
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