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Bethenny Frankel

'Skinnygirl' YANKED

from Whole Foods

9/1/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl cocktail line is under fire -- after the Whole Foods supermarket chain ripped the products from the shelves over a dispute about the ingredients.

According to the Huffington Post, the honchos at Whole Foods claimed they discovered the "natural" ingredients used in the cocktail line aren't natural at all -- and decided to stop selling any more Skinnygirl products.


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We spoke to a Whole Foods employee in Michigan who told us products were briefly sold at his store -- but confirmed the line was pulled because "it was learned the ingredients are not natural."

TMZ has placed calls to the people behind Skinnygirl and the honchos at Whole Foods -- so far, no comment from either side.

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10:47 AM: A spokesperson for Beam -- the company that owns the Skinnygirl line -- tells us Whole Foods never "pulled" the product, but simply decided not to reorder.

As for the ingredients, the rep tells us, "Skinnygirl Margarita contains very low levels of sodium benzoate (a preservative) so it can stay on the shelves."

The rep tells us, "We understand their [Whole Foods] position and we respect that."

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1.

Ace    

Radiation?

1127 days ago
2.

Carl    

The ingredients match the creator.

1127 days ago
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spyke    

First of all she is one of the scarier looking real housewives, secondly a lot of the crap sold in healthfood stores is not natural at all. You have to read the labels people.

1127 days ago
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CountryGal    

Oh no, the hippies must be in an uproar! Give me a break. You can eat all your organic and natural crap all you want, you will still croak one day.

1127 days ago
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Rhubino    

Yep, words like "natural" and "organic" are very deceptive. So are "made with" and "made from". Don't take them on face value.

1127 days ago
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Patty    

Frankel sold out of this line a year ago and made millions. She no longer owns "Skinny Girl".

1127 days ago
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Horndog    

Who? Does she play a zombie's on AMC's "The Walking Dead"? Does Caramel Color occur naturally?

1127 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

Why pay extra for watered down booze ?

1127 days ago
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3Storms    

Who cares? All that concerns her fans is when she'll do nudity

1127 days ago
10.

Rob    

Pretty sure she sold Skinny Girl a while ago.....

1127 days ago
11.

Melissa    

My friends and I bought this one night to try it out, not knowing she was behind it.

I would never buy it again anyway because it tastes like crap. You would be better off mixing your drinks than buying this ****ey drink. Terrible taste. Also, you can taste that it's not all natural when you drink it. Just yuck.

1127 days ago
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Little Miss Sunshine's Mommy    

WONDERFUL! I love love love Whole Foods. This woman is scary and never believed she was a private chef. When she messed up her Thanksgiving dinner it became obvious this woman cannot cook.

1127 days ago
13.

Jackie    

What is she famous for? Have never seen her? is she an actress or what? Curiosity!

1127 days ago
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Apple-Pie    

WF is worse, they are in partnership with MONSANTO. Go ahead and google, educate yourself about WF. They are ar NOT natural as they claim to be.

1127 days ago
15.

ocgirl    

All Natural ... yet caramel color is added..

1127 days ago
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