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Limited Recall Placed on Organic Pastures Products with code date of Sept. 13, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:30

Organic Pastures Dairy is requesting the return of Grade A Raw Whole Milk, Skim Milk, and Raw Cream, with code date of September 13, 2012. During routine state testing, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) detected campylobacter in one of our raw cream samples from that date code. As a precautionary action, CDFA is also recalling our Raw Whole Milk and Raw Skim Milk, even though they tested negative for campylobacter. 

There have been no reported illnesses.

OPDC continues to operate and this quarantine is limited to the date code of September 13, 2012 for Raw Whole, Raw Skim Milk, and Raw Cream. No other products or date codes are affected by this recall. If you have any product with this date code, September 13th, please return to Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op for a full refund. 

Recall on Wildwood/Emerald Valley Kitchen Organic Salsas PDF Print E-mail

August 14, 2012

Pulmuone Foods USA, Inc. has initiated a voluntary product withdrawal on Wildwood/Emerald Valley Kitchen organic salsas due to a non-safety quality concern related to a particular ingredient that was causing premature spoilage.

Affected products are:

  • Emerald Valley Organic Medium Salsa (30 oz)
    "Best by" dates: 8/17/12 • 8/23/12 • 9/2/12 • 9/14/12 • 9/16/12 • 9/26/12 • 9/27/12
  • Emerald Valley Organic Mild Salsa (14 oz)
    "Best by" dates: 8/18/12 • 8/19/12 • 8/22/12 • 8/25/12 • 8/30/12 • 9/01/12 • 9/03/12 • 9/08/12 • 9/09/12 • 9/10/12 • 9/13/12 • 9/14/12 • 9/16/12 • 9/17/12 • 9/19/12 • 9/22/12
  • Emerald Valley Organic Hot Salsa (14 oz)
    "Best by" dates: 8/23/12 • 8/30/12 • 9/02/12 • 9/05/12 • 9/10/12 • 9/15/12 • 9/20/12 • 9/21/12 • 9/23/12
  • Emerald Valley Organic Medium Salsa (14 oz)
    "Best by" dates: 8/17/12 • 8/19/12 • 8/25/12 • 8/29/12 • 8/31/12 • 9/01/12 • 9/02/12 • 9/06/12 • 9/08/12 • 9/14/12 • 9/15/12 • 9/16/12 • 9/17/12 • 9/21/12 • 9/24/12 • 9/26/12

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

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op sends this notice to our customers as a part of the fulfillment of our purpose “to be a trusted source of natural foods and products and a reliable source for consumer information.”

Carrageenan (a seaweed derivative) Classified as a Possible Human Carcinogen PDF Print E-mail

Carrageenan is a seaweed derivative that is used as a stabilizer and thickener in foods, including some organic foods.

Carrageenan has been found to be contaminated with a substance (degraded carrageenan) that is classified by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a “possible human carcinogen.” Research funded by the National Institutes of Health raises serious concerns about harmful effects of carrageenan as an inflammatory agent on the human gastrointestinal tract.

The Co-op offers lots of carrageenan-free alternatives. The Cornucopia Institute has created this shopping guide (link to: http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/)

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. 



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