Vegetarians and vegans should look out. Whole Foods announced on Thursday that it had mixed up the labels on a curried chicken salad and a vegan curried "chick'n" salad. The incorrectly labeled salads were sold at 15 stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
The salads, which were sold on Monday and Tuesday, were displayed in the prepared food sections of the stores. Some of them also made their way into Whole Foods’ cold food bars - the section of the store where customers can scoop food into containers and then have their selections weighed at the register.
The Food and Drug Administration revealed that the vegan salad contains soy. The FDA also pointed out that the curried chicken salad contains egg. People who are allergic to either of those ingredients could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the salads, KMPH reported.
Whole Foods said no illnesses have been reported. The company has about 330 stores in the U.S.
The error was discovered by a Whole Foods employee working in the prepared food section. According to Libba Letton, a spokeswoman for Whole Foods, the mislabeled salads came from a company-owned commissary. The company has issued a recall and also plans to post signs in stores Friday to warn customers about the mistake.