I didn’t use to be suspicious about very much. But over my 70 plus years I’ve learned that it pays to have a healthy dose of skepticism about certain things —especially what goes in or on our food. Every single day people are stumbling upon this information and waking up, and I just want to make sure that they have the background to this evolving Apeel story from the start.
So the other day, my husband picked up some groceries. I was multi-tasking with other things on my mind, but when I opened the netted avocado bag and pulled them out, they just didn’t feel right. They were abnormally shiny and slicker than usual —even the bumpy one (above).
Similar to when a teller in a bank is familiar with the ‘feel’ of real currency – when they hold a counterfeit bill, they just know! So they got my full attention. I had just been reading that Whole Foods ‘fresh’ produce was coated in Apeel but there was no labeling.
Back in April, I wrote that Apeel’s spray on product used acetonitrile, toluene, hexane, and individual heavy metals (including LEAD, PALLADIUM and ARSENIC), in the manufacturing process and (they admitted) it is “IN the finished product”. The FDA, knowing this, still gave Apeel the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status anyway.
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Bob Huskey, Vice President at Costco and head of the produce division for the whole company, reported that in 2018, Costco did have a contract with Apeel and sold organic limes, avocados, and apples sprayed with this toxic coating.
But, he said there are currently NO produce items being sold at Costco with the preservative coating. Furthermore, he said Costco has no near-term plans to sell products sprayed with Apeel.
Huskey assured Robyn Openshaw (GreenSmoothieGirl) that Costco is aware of consumer sentiment about this product and that warehouse managers and customer support personnel have been given a statement about it, though it may not be widely disseminated because those she had spoken to had no idea what Apeel even is.
Robyn asked him WHY Costco was not currently planning to sell products sprayed with Apeel or Edipeel. He said it’s because Costco sells its produce very quickly. And they aren’t particularly interested in adding cost for a preservative that they really don’t need. He pointed out that the produce sprayed with that coating also costs more. “It’s not free,” he said.
Please go to Costco.com, click on the warehouse nearest you, and submit feedback that your family depends on them for nutritious produce. And that you would like them to provide it to you without toxic, synthetic coatings to make it last longer, especially when you’re paying extra for organic produce!
You can also call 800-774-2678 to talk to someone at Costco about your concerns about Apeel. You can write to Bob Huskey at this email address: [email protected].
Here’s another positive development about Apeel:
Driscoll’s, a 79-year-old brand and the largest berry company in the world, recently wrote this email saying that they are NOT using Apeel and do not intend to. It would be nice to think we can trust this…
Let’s thank the brands, like Costco, Driscoll’s, Natural Grocers, and The Good Earth in Utah, who have made the commitment to keep Apeel-sprayed foods off the produce we buy.
We ALL need to write and call these companies and be heard on this subject – We vote with our dollars.
Currently, there is NO pledge they will put the Apeel or Edipeel label on the food item. For one, Whole Foods does not.
See the list of stores with Apeel coating their regular and organic produce here.
Our Kroger’s Mexican avocados (with no Apeel label) had Apeel coating on them (or perhaps something else), so we kindly let them know we would shop elsewhere if it continued and got our money back!
“Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.” ~Michael Pollan
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