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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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CC    

Finally Whole Foods does something un-shifty for it's consumers. "Natural" does not mean "organic" and the 2 shouldn't be confused.

1116 days ago
17.

the sea    

Bethenny sold the product to Seagrams so she's not responsible, although I think Skinnygirl is her trademark.

1116 days ago
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jack-55d79    

It's quite interesting - some natural flavourings and colourings are chemically identical to their unnatural chemically produced versions. They're only called natural when they're extracted rather than synthesised, but both identical chemicals. MSG is a good example; MSG extracted from seaweed can be labelled natural flavor (flavour), and that's the tip of the iceberg. People would be surprised how many natural products are in that category. I'm not advocating blanket trust of food additives BTW just that natural is often another way of saying chemicals extracted from nature, and still chemicals (often identical). Maybe some of her chemicals weren't well loop-holed enough for that particular shop.

1116 days ago
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Scotty    

First of all, she already sold the Company, and second, who cares about Whole Foods? They are a tiny share of the market, you can find Skinnygirl everywhere. There's nothing secretive about the ingredients, it's low cal in part because it has less alcohol.

1116 days ago
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Lisa Gee    

That's weird, because I was at whole foods the other day, and one of the ingredients in their soups was high fructose corn syrup.

1116 days ago
21.

whateverIsay    

This is nothing. If people knew the caloric content of Whole Foods buffet food, they would die!

1116 days ago
22.

ken    

what a bunch of hooey......whole foods sells plenty of not so healthy stuff
they got canola oil, which is a GMO food in their lemon shortbread cookies....
crap in our food is everywhere.....but it's especially annoying to find it at a store like this!!!!!!
NEVER ASSUME....

1116 days ago
23.

Crabbey    

Whole Foods is a scam for rich yuppies to feel better about themselves by pay 4x what other people pay for similar products. Oh yeah, and their head honcho is a bigot. Bethenny was the only reason I watched RHONY. I miss her!

1116 days ago
24.

rico    

JUST ANOTHER SNAKE OIL GIMMICK TO GET YOUR MONEY.

1116 days ago
25.

amg    

nice.. they pull these but they can have a partnership with monsanto??

1116 days ago
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Ozzie X    

Don't the Whole Foods executives examine the product ingredients before ordering the product? Sounds like laziness on Whole Foods.

1116 days ago
27.

patty    

Frankel sold the "Skinny girl" line of prouducts for millions a yr ago. She no longer owns the product line or name....

1116 days ago
28.

JiLL1    

Why does every celeb and D lister have to pimp some sort of crap product they 'created'.

1116 days ago
29.

Uh    

Don't buy anything in a health food store. The labels may or may not be correct. It's a crap shoot with your health on the line.

1116 days ago
30.

Hank    

Whole Foods has a very strict policy when it comes to the ingredients in any product they sell. In fact anyone can go to their website and view a list of ingredients that are prohibited in their stores. And no I don't work for Whole Foods but I have sold to them and have had products rejected for this very reason. So please don't cry me a river on this one.

1116 days ago
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