According to Whole Foods, they "had to stop selling" Bethenny's product because "it contains a preservative that does not meet our quality standards."
It turns out the preservative in question, called sodium benzoate, can become carcinogenice if mixed with other substances!
Although Bethenny let some words fly to the press, she has finally made a formal statement on her website, writing:
"There has been a lot of coverage in the media about my Skinnygirl Margarita cocktail.
We would not sell anything that I don’t personally drink. I’m a natural foods chef and health is a top priority for me and my family. The Skinnygirl Margarita is made with natural ingredients and its label is consistent with U.S. federal regulations, which is why it is carried in stores nationwide and continues to fly off the shelves.
I built my brand on trust and honesty. I don’t take lightly obvious attempts to put my integrity in question. I will always answer your questions and concerns directly and truthfully."
It sounds like she is confident the margarita will continue to sell despite the bad press and isn't making any apologies for any ingredients.
Will U continue to drink Skinnygirl Margarita?
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