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Consumer Alerts
Major Independents and Their Subsidiary Brands - 10/14/13 PDF Print E-mail

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Who Owns Organics? - 10/14/13 PDF Print E-mail

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Purley Elizabeth Granola Recall - 9/24/13 PDF Print E-mail

Purely Elizabeth is issuing a voluntary recall of a small quantity of granola that may have higher than targeted gluten levels—over 10 ppm. For those who are not sensitive to gluten, the product is 100% safe to consumer.

There is no affected product on the Co-op’s shelves, but if you have purchased affected product, you may return it for a full refund.

Affected products:

Original: Lot 3629, Expiration 4/14

Blueberry Hemp: Lot 3626, Expiration 4/14

The Food Safety Modernization Act: Submit Comments by November 22 (deadline extended) PDF Print E-mail

Paul Muller of Full Belly Farm shared some of his thoughts about the Food Safety Modernization Act in the August 5 issue in the farm’s Save CSA newsletter (reprinted here). Many of our local growers will be similarly affected by these new regulations, and this issue deserves the attention of anyone who supports biodiversity in agriculture. Please consider making a comment to the FDA. More information and helpful guidelines are available here. A sample letter is available here for download

 I am sitting in the kitchen late Sunday evening putting some thoughts together regarding proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a massive new set of regulatory proposals that are open for public comment until the middle of November. FSMA will affect many aspects of our integrated farm: the compost we apply; the management of our sheep and chickens; the record keeping, and the ultimate authority over the definition of ‘Good Agricultural Practices’.

Many of the farm practices used by entry level farmers use the same integrated design as at Full Belly, for example, pastured poultry as a cornerstone of soil restoration and fertility needed to produce healthy fruits and vegetables. FSMA will be a huge new barrier to entry for these beginning farmers.  At their heart, these ‘sustainable strategies’ employ the microbial world as workers in a system to create a healthy plant/soil/human ecology. FSMA sweeps all of these strategies into a category of suspect practices and overlooks many issues that should be at the heart of today’s food safety discussion.

Recall on Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels - 6/28/13 PDF Print E-mail

Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels have been voluntarily recalled because they may be associated with a Hepatitis A virus outbreak. No illnesses are currently associated with this product and the recall is a cautionary measure.

The product is sold in 8-oz resealable bags. Affected lots are:  

  • C 0129 (A,B, or C) 035 with a best by date of 02/04/2015
  • C 0388 (A,B, or C) 087 with a best by date of 03/28/2015
  • C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015
All affected product has been removed from Co-op shelves. You may return any affected product for a full refund.
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