Whole Foods' salad bars kicked off the trend of next-level to-go food at grocery stores nationwide, and as such they are worthy of respect, even if you don't get down with curry tempeh or kung pao tofu. Any place where you can load up on pizza, sushi, and ribs at the same time is onto something.
One man, however, doesn't hold the prepared food at Whole Foods in high regard. On Sunday, April 24, an unidentified man walked into a Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sprinkled an unknown liquid on the to-go food bars, and left. Luckily, an employee saw what happened and alerted management, according to Whole Foods spokeswoman Allison Phelps.
"Out of an abundance of caution, all salad and hot food bars were immediately closed down at the store, all food was thrown out, and the store team thoroughly cleaned and sanitized all food stations, equipment and serving utensils before restocking with fresh items," she said.
A manager at the store said no customers purchased any affected food.
The incident occurred at the Cranbrook Whole Foods at 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway around 9:30 AM. The FBI is investigating, and said that initial tests of the mystery liquid came back negative for harmful substances, according to Fox 2 Detroit. They are hoping to speak to the man, however, and are asking anyone who can identify him or has any other information to contact them.
The prospect of people tampering with food at grocery stores has been a dark thought in the subconscious of American shoppers for decades, and the FDA offers advice for how to identify products that may have been tampered with or contaminated. In one of the most notorious examples on the books, consumers in 30 states claimed to have found glass in jars of Gerber baby food in 1986.
But at Whole Foods, everything is reportedly fine, and the FBI is on the case. Customers, meanwhile, are likely back to gorging on meatballs by the pound.