Whole Foods Market will close its kitchen food preparation facilities in Landover, Md., Everett, Mass., and Atlanta, and will instead rely on outside suppliers for in-store prepared foods. The grocer plans to help displaced employees find other jobs in the company.

In June, Whole Foods received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that notified company leadership of serious food-safety violations at the Everett facility. The violations included the presence of Listeria and workers preparing food under a leaking pipe. However, a spokeswoman for Whole Foods says the decision to close the kitchen facilities was an internal decision, not an agency decision, reports Boston Business JournalFull Story

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