I've experienced two problems with quality control from Publix items in the same day!
1.A bag of shelled walnuts contained a shell which nearly broke my teeth.
2. A bag of brown rice contained a green cashew covered in an unknown substance.
I will no longer be purchasing from Publix. They must have changed their quality control policies recently. At least at Ward's you can see what you are getting from the bulk bin, and their items are fresher as well.
These incidents occured with Publix brand items purchased at the Gateway Publix on 34th Street and Newberrry Road in Gainesville, Florida on 5/24/2012.