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Giusto’s Raw Wheat Germ has been voluntarily recalled PDF Print E-mail

June 22, 2012

Giusto’s Raw Wheat Germ has been voluntarily recalled due to potential contamination with metal pieces. A screen on the equipment that produces this product developed a tear.

Affected product may have been stocked in the Co-op’s bulk department between March 9, 2012 and June 22, 2012. Affected lot numbers are 10682 and 11142.

The Co-op has pulled all product from the store. If you have purchased this item, please return it for a full refund.

The Organic Watergate: Cornucopia Institute discovers synthetic ingredients allowed in organic dairy PDF Print E-mail

Our public consciousness has been nearly saturated with talk of the importance of omega -3 fatty acids in our diets. These essential fats, comprised of DHA and ARA, occur naturally in cold water fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, tofu and more. Due to profit-based scientific research, most of the focus on omega -3 supplements has been on just DHA, since that is what scientists have been able to successfully replicate in a lab.


This June, the organic watchdog Cornucopia Institute, reported that Horizon, a division of the largest dairy processor in the U.S., Dean Foods, jumped on the omega-3 bandwagon and started adding DHA to its organic milk in 2008. Health claims such as “supports brain health” were printed on product packaging. Rather than put all its cows on pasture to naturally improve the omega -3 profile of its milk, Dean Foods went the synthetic route. A chemically-derived DHA, from the chemical manufacturer Martek, was added to Horizon organic milk, with the approval of the Organic Standards Board.

Martek’s algal oils or algal oil powders are comprised of mutated or hexane-extracted algae. Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. Food producers use it as a solvent. Numerous other ingredients—some non-organic agricultural products and some synthetic—are also inserted in the oils or powders before being added to infant formula, milk or other foods. These non-organic and synthetic ingredients are used as preservatives, stabilizers, fillers and sweeteners. 

Join the Cornucopia Institute in calling for a re-examination of the organic standards and ask the USDA to remove these ingredients from organic products. Read the full report and sign the proxy letter to the USDA and President Obama at cornucopia.org/breaking-scandal-the-organic-watergate.

Note: the Co-op chose to stop carrying Horizon products in 2007 when Cornucopia reported on the company’s industrial-scale production and questionable animal husbandry practices. 



Bell Lifestyle Products has voluntarily recalled Eroxil, Erosyn, Fertalin, and Middle-Age Energy Booster PDF Print E-mail

Bell Lifestyle Products has voluntarily recalled Eroxil, Erosyn, Fertalin, and Middle-Age Energy Booster because they included ingredients that were not approved for use in supplements. The company states: “This is not a safety recall. Use of these products is not likely to cause safety concerns.”

The Co-op does not currently carry any of these products. However, if you have purchased them from the Co-op in the past, you may return them for a full refund.  

Voluntary Recall on several Kettle Brand flavors PDF Print E-mail

A Kettle Brand ingredient supplier has identified foreign material in a limited amount of seasoning used in a few flavors. As a result, products manufactured with this seasoning are being voluntarily recalled. No reports of illness or injury associated with the seasoning have been reported, and the Co-op does not have any of the affected product on the shelves, but customers should be aware. 

Affected flavors are:

  • New York Cheddar 5 oz bag (Best by 1Nov12 and 15Nov12)
  • New York Cheddar 1.5 oz bag (Best by 15Nov12)
  • Cheddar and Sour Cream Krinkle Cut 13 oz bag (Best by 8Nov12, 15Nov12 and 22Nov12)

If you have purchased any of these products, you may return them for a full refund.

Voluntary Recall On cheddar potato and sea salt and vinegar flavored popchip PDF Print E-mail

The manufacturers of popchips have issued a voluntary recall on cheddar potato and sea salt and vinegar  flavored  popchips because certain lots of these flavors were made with seasonings which contain lactic that may potentially contain metal fragments.

Visit www.popchips.com for more information 

If you have purchased any of these products, you may return them for a full refund.
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