Current Food Topics

Separating fact from myth, our Consumer Affairs specialists explain the stories behind current events in the retail sector that affect you and your family.


Animal Welfare

Original Post: March 21, 2016  |  Last Reviewed September 1, 2016

Raising animals for food in a humane way is, to our way of thinking, the only way it should be done. Mistreating animals is wrong and our focus must go beyond whether food is safe, wholesome, sustainable and affordable, all of which must also be taken into account.

We closely follow the work of academic scientists studying animal behavior, and have taken that information and talked with our supplier partners to consider whether standards are high enough. Many of our suppliers have relied on the advice of Temple Grandin, and other experts like her. As there is better science, we better understand how animals respond to their environment.

Wegmans works with only a few supplier-partners for its own brand of meat, poultry and eggs. In every case, we investigate their operations from beginning to end, before we choose them. We personally visit their facilities and evaluate them with our own eyes. Once chosen, Wegmans brand suppliers must conduct periodic welfare audits. These third-party audits include objective, measurable criteria that are based on best practices developed by recognized animal welfare experts. Audit results are provided to Wegmans and we review them. And when science teaches us something new, we encourage our suppliers and the industry to follow.

Learn More About Animal Welfare and Wegmans Brand Meats

Learn More About Our Transition to Cage-Free Eggs


Bisphenol A (BPA)

Original Post: June 30, 2009  |  Updated: Updated: September 1, 2016

Wegmans has closely followed BPA developments since 2007 and formed a panel of leading independent scientists and industry representatives in 2008 to educate ourselves about the environmental and health implications of BPA and other plastics.

Today, all Wegmans infant and toddler baby bottles, sippy cups, and feeding accessories, as well as our unbreakable drinkware are BPA free. The majority of Wegmans brand canned products including tomatoes, most vegetables and fruits, and most pet foods, are now packed in cans with liners made without added BPA, and they have been tested for shelf-life and product quality. Our suppliers continue to make progress, and in the future, even more Wegmans brand canned products will be packed this way.  Over the next 18 months, we will begin to update labels to indicate that a can liner was made without added BPA.

For more information and frequently asked questions about BPA, visit the FDA website.


Seafood and Mercury

Original Post: March 19, 2004  |  Last Reviewed: September 1, 2016


  • Women of child-bearing age
  • Pregnant and nursing women
  • Small children

Fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and good sources of high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, but the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency advise pregnant and nursing women, women who have become pregnant and young children to avoid consumption of certain fish due to higher levels of methylmercury, which could have an effect on developing nervous systems. These fish include shark, king mackerel, swordfish and tilefish.  

The FDA and EPA recommend selecting a variety of other fish and shellfish, and limiting consumption to 12 ounces of fish per week. Low mercury options include shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish. Canned albacore should be limited to 6 oz per week.

For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit

Wegmans Seafood departments have information on mercury levels by species.


Colorants in Farm-Raised Salmon and Trout

Original Post: November 15, 2005  |  Last Reviewed: September 1, 2016

Farm-Raised Salmon and Steelhead Trout get their pinkish/red color from FDA-approved color compounds that are added to the feed to imitate the natural compounds found in wild salmon. People who consume salmon and trout have the same amount of exposure to astaxanthin whether they choose wild or farm-raised.

  • Wild salmon eat a diet that includes shrimp and crab. The compound found naturally in that diet (astaxanthin), gives salmon a pink/red color.
  • The color compound astaxanthin is added to the feed of traditional farm-raised salmon sold at Wegmans to imitate the natural diet of wild salmon. Astaxanthin is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and suitable for use.
  • The feed used to raise the E.U. Certified Organic salmon sold at Wegmans contains Phaffa Yeast instead of astaxanthin.
  • Farm-raised salmon without the color ingredients is grayish.
  • Farm-raised Rainbow Trout sold at Wegmans does not receive any colorants in the feed.
  • Farm-raised Steelhead Trout sold at Wegmans receives astaxanthin to create the red color.

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