It’s a vegetarian’s worst nightmare — buying something that is supposed to be meatless, only to find out it isn’t.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, salads sold at 15 Whole Foods Market (NYSE:WFM) stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts were improperly labeled, mixing up vegan curried “chick’n” salad, which is meatless, with curried chicken salad, which contains chicken, the Associated Press notes.
The salads were sold at the stores’ cold food bars, meaning that consumers selected their own portions of the salads which were then weighed at the checkout counters. A Whole Foods employee noticed the mislabeling and alerted management. On Friday, the company posted signs at its stores warning customers of the mishap and issued a recall for the salads.
In addition to exposing vegans to meat, the label mix-up could have had other potentially serious consequences. The Food and Drug Administration noted that both salads contained ingredients that could have been toxic to people with food allergies. No illnesses have been linked to the problem so far.
Earlier this week, Whole Foods announced that its stock would split 2-for-1 at the end of May.
Despite the recall, shares of Whole Foods edged higher in Friday morning trading.