AUSTIN - Whole Foods Market was fined $3.5 million by the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to properly document and dispose of returned items of hand sanitizer, vitamins, and other products in multiple states, according to KVUE news partner the Austin American-Statesman.
As a result of the investigation, Whole Foods has reportedly launched a new series of efforts including new software to track the disposal of those products, according to the Statesman. The company also said it would extend the programs to all of its stores and facilities and increase training on the matter.
“Whole Foods Market has implemented a comprehensive compliance program that is designed to assist our Team Members to properly manage the limited number of products that may be regulated by EPA when they can no longer be used for their intended purpose,” the company said in a statement, according to the Statesman.
The investigation was originally launched by the EPA after problems were found by the New Mexico Environmental Department.