Food·Posted on Mar 4, 2016Whole Foods Sold Pre-Peeled Oranges In Plastic Containers And People Are PissedThey didn't even sell the whole food!by Julia ReinsteinBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Whole Foods recently came under fire when this photo of pre-peeled oranges in plastic containers went viral on Twitter. Nathalie Gordon @awlilnatty If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them. 12:53 PM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite The oranges (which cost $5.99 a pound) were being sold on Whole Foods shelves. The photo was retweeted over 65,000 times.The store, which prides itself on its "wise environmental practices," banned plastic bags in 2008. The result: People were pissed. Swiftie Be @StephanieBe @awlilnatty Fucking hell. That makes me unbelievably angry actually. Talk about necessarily contributing to plastic taking over the planet. 06:28 PM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Randall @randylichner @awlilnatty @OhioGanja I'm pretty sure my tree has the answer... 04:25 PM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Not to mention a bit grossed out. Not Mayan @Mionhill @awlilnatty @AlbertBurneko I have always wished the fruit of my oranges had been handled by a stranger more before I eat it. 02:06 PM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Whole Foods responded less than three hours after the original tweet was posted to say that they were pulling the item. Whole Foods Market @WholeFoods @awlilnatty Definitely our mistake. These have been pulled. We hear you, and we will leave them in their natural packaging: the peel. 03:42 PM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Benjamin Siemon @BenjaminJS Whole Foods said it will stop selling peeled oranges for $6 a pound & will instead focus full time on making Thneeds 12:13 PM - 04 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite The company told the Huffington Post that "a lot of our customers love the convenience of our cut produce offerings, but this was a simple case where a handful of stores experimented with a seasonal product spotlight that wasn't fully thought through. We're glad some customers pointed it out so we could take a closer look."But not everyone agreed with their decision. Some Twitter users have pointed out that the peeled oranges could be useful for people with disabilities and the elderly. Kim Sauder @crippledscholar .@awlilnatty While I share your concern for the environment and wish they'd found more biodegradable packing this is great for disabled ppl 01:02 AM - 04 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Indigo @Skyliting .@itsqueenbea @awlilnatty or too arthritic. Or in too much pain. Or shaky hands... There are many reasons beyond "lazy" these are good. 04:03 PM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Loremaster Becks @ArchivistBecks Ableism is assuming that things like packaging, easier doors, handy tools, etc are made for lazy folk while disregarding the disabled. 08:48 AM - 04 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite This isn't the first time a Whole Foods product has left customers scratching their heads. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @marielle.m.n.o.p Last August, the company sold "asparagus water" — a bottle of water with three asparagus stalks inside — for $5.99. The item was quickly pulled after the Internet mocked it ceaselessly.