As we FIRST reported to our readers back in August, Whole Foods pulled Bethenny Frankel's SkinnyGirl cocktails from their shelves, but now we know why.
The healthy grocer released a statement that they "had to stop selling" Bethenny's product because "it contains a preservative that does not meet our quality standards."
Apparently, the "shelf-stable" margarita contains a preservative called sodium benzoate, which can become CARCINOGENIC if mixed with other substances such as vitamin C, such as mixing it with LIME, a very popular garnish for a margarita.
Bethenny, however, doesn't seem too worried that her product's removal from Whole Foods will affect her business, saying:
"With all due respect to Whole Foods, we were in a dozen of their stores and have decided not to continue in these stores. They represent an infinitesimal fraction of our business. We are, in fact, the fastest growing spirits brand in the US . . . We were bound to piss someone off, and everyone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event."
In regards to anyone questioning SkinnyGirl Margarita because of health risks, the desperate housewife said:
"I'm not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product."
Beam Global, the company that supplies the margarita, has said that the drink has "extremely low levels" of sodium benzoate and noted that it's a "very common" preservative.
Do U still trust SkinnyGirl Margaritas?
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