Bad news for those who have dined or had drinks at Whole Foods: the Amazon-owned organic grocery store chain on Thursday disclosed a security breach that may have compromised your credit card information.
In a statement, Whole Foods said it "recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information used at certain venues such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores." Whole Foods did not specify when the breach occurred or how many customers are affected.
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On the plus side, Whole Foods said the affected venues use a different point of sale system than the store's primary checkout systems. So, if you have only purchased groceries from Whole Foods, your payment card information should not be at risk due to this breach. Amazon.com transactions are also unaffected.
The company said it is "taking appropriate measures to address the issue." As soon as it discovered the breach, Whole Foods launched an investigation into the matter, contacted law enforcement, and brought in "a leading cyber security forensics firm" to help.
Whole Foods said its investigation is "ongoing," and promised to provide updates as it learns more. In the meantime, those who think they might be affected should closely monitor their bank accounts.
"While most Whole Foods Market stores do not have these taprooms and restaurants, Whole Foods Market encourages its customers to closely monitor their payment card statements and report any unauthorized charges to the issuing bank," the company wrote.
The breach comes after Amazon last month completed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods. Amazon recently lowered its prices on "a selection of best-selling" Whole Foods products and announced that Prime will soon become the grocery chain's customer rewards programs.