Some people who bought Thanksgiving turkey from Whole Foods had to throw it out

Some people who bought Thanksgiving turkey from Whole Foods had to throw it out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For many, Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a turkey. But customers throughout the South who ordered a turkey from Whole Foods had to throw it out at the very last minute on Thursday.

And it seems like most of, if not all, the customers who were impacted ordered their turkey through Amazon. But what showed up was not what they bargained for.

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“I brine my turkey every year and got the turkey out of the fridge getting the brine mixture ready to go, and my husband walked into the kitchen and said the turkey smells,” customer Stacey Haskell said.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Eyewitness News reporter DaShawn Brown spoke to Haskell, who was able to improvise her holiday dinner but wasn’t happy about it.

Whole Foods told Channel 9 that it discovered a small number of fresh turkey products in their South region that didn’t meet its high expectations for quality. It also said these products did not pose any known health risks.

Customers we spoke to said they did receive a refund and a gift card, but it’s still not clear what happened to cause this or exactly how many people received the affected turkeys.

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