My husband, Andrew Kaye, wrote the following this afternoon, after reading that Rain Crow Ranch had been forced to suspend operations. I couldn’t have put my thoughts together better than this.
This is the ranch whose product infected our son, Joshua, with the E. coli that killed him after he ate it and also sickened multiple children.
This is the ranch who had a different recall a week before we bought the ground beef that made Joshua sick.
This is the ranch run by an owner who openly preaches that you can not get E. coli from grass-fed beef.
This is the ranch which Whole Foods lent money to in order to buy/convert the processing plant that was just shut down, the processing plant which has had a long “contentious relationship” with Federal Safety Inspection Services.
This is the ranch whose products Whole Foods relies upon to supply their Northeast region with grass-fed beef.
This is the ranch whose products Whole Foods has never removed from their stores.
This is the ranch whose products Whole Foods continues to tout as meeting the highest standards for quality and safety.
Sadly, this is is the ranch who will be back up and running again before you know it and sadly, Whole Foods will, in all likelihood, keep on selling their beef while touting their bogus feel-good family farm story.
Because it is about money. If it were about safety or quality or, to quote Whole Foods oft-repeated and incredibly insulting term, “an abundance of caution”, they’d cut ties.
So, for anyone that may question for a moment why my wife and I are suing Whole Foods and Rain Crow, it is to hit them in the only place that matters to them, the wallet. To make the cost of doing business the wrong way costlier than doing it the right way.
Until then, when they sicken or, God forbid, kill the next kid, may the lot of them face criminal charges.