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Hain is voluntarily withdrawing one our Sunspire baking chip sku’s from the market. PDF Print E-mail

The sku involved in this withdrawal is the Sunspire Grain Sweetened baking chip (UPC: 0-77241-500760-6). Several additional comments:

  • This is a voluntary withdrawal, not a recall.
  • There is no health hazard.
  • The reason for the recall is that certain lot codes of this sku do not measure up to our required standard of sweetness. (These lots are simply not sweet enough.)
  • Withdrawal is limited to three (3) lot codes.
  • Lot code and disposal (Proof of Destruction) information are attached. Credits will be processed through UNFI.
Potential Unsafe levels of Lead and Arsenic in Certain Products PDF Print E-mail

Warning: Potential Unsafe Levels of Lead

The Environmental Law Foundation has issued a lawsuit because its studies indicate that certain baby food products and juices may contain unsafe levels of lead.

Affected products include:

  • Earth’s Best Sweet Potatoes
  • Santa Cruz Organic Concord Grape Juice
  • R.W. Knudsen Just Concord Juice

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Warning: Potential Unsafe Levels of Arsenic

According to a recent study by Dartmouth College, Nature's One baby formula contains brown rice syrup, an ingredient that may contain unhealthy levels of arsenic.

As a precaution, the Co-op has discontinued this product until further testing proves that it is safe.

If you have purchased this product from the Co-op, you may return it for a full refund.

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USDA to Approve More GE Crops PDF Print E-mail

We have until February 27th to stop 2,4-D Corn 

From Pesticide Action Network

Dow and USDA hope to quietly approve a new genetically engineered seed line that basically swaps RoundUp (glyphosate) out and an even worse weedkiller (2,4-D) in. 

The pesticide treadmill is catching up with Monsanto, as glyphosate-resistant “superweeds” run rampant and their blockbuster product line nears the end of its life-cycle. Dow wants to drop in an even more toxic herbicide (2,4-D) to keep the treadmill running at high speed. We have until February 27th to stop this.

Tell USDA what you think» USDA opened a public comment period over the holiday break, as they tend to do for controversial decisions they want to bury. But we’re paying attention.

Dow aims to get 2,4-D-resistant corn to market this year, soy next year and cotton in 2015. These three crops dominate U.S. agriculture, blanketing over 100 million acres of mono-cropped countryside, driving the pesticide market.

As with Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready lines, so too will it be with Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant lines. The herbicide that these seeds are engineered to be used with (then glyphosate, now 2,4-D) will surge in use. Only this time, the fallout will be worse. Here’s why:

  • 2,4-D is a more toxic herbicide, both to humans and to plants. It is a reproductive toxicant, suspected endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen. Children are particularly susceptible to its effects.
  • 2,4-D does and will drift off of target crops – both through spray drift and volatilization. This will devastate adjacent ecosystems and poses a very real threat to rural economies and farmers growing non-2,4-D-resistant crops. Conventional farmers will lose crops while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification, resulting in an economic unraveling of already-stressed rural communities.
  • 2,4-D-resistant “superweeds” will arise and spread just as RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” have taken over farms and countryside in the Midwest and Southeast.
  • Corn is wind-pollinated, which means that genetic material from 2,4-D corn will contaminate non-GE corn.You cannot put a GE genie back in the bottle.

The risks are far too great This dangerous and antiquated herbicide shouldn’t be on the market, and we certainly should not be giving Dow license to profit from driving up use.

We’ll need to make a lot of noise on this one. Thanks so much for adding your voice!

Possible salmonella contamination in Eclectic Institue supplements containing Gotu Kola and Bladderwrack. PDF Print E-mail

Eclectic Institue has voluntarily recalled dietary supplements containing Gotu Kola and Bladderwrack due to possible salmonella contamination.

The Co-op does not currently have these products in stock, but Bladderwrack products were sold during the impacted time frame. The affected lots of Bladderwrack products were sold from July 14, 2011 to December 14, 2011.

If you have purchased this product from the Co-op during that time frame, you may return it for a full refund.

Certain cans of Westbrae Organic beans have been voluntarily recalled due to scuffing on the can liner. PDF Print E-mail

Affected products are:

Garbanzo Beans, 15 oz, with a best by date of 21SEP13 and 17OCT13
Lentils, 15 oz, best by date of 06SEP13
Chili Beans, 15 oz, best by date of 08SEP13
Pinto Beans, 15 oz, best by date of 03OCT13
Kidney Beans, 15 oz, best by date of 17OCT13

The Co-op had none of the affected products on the shelf when the recall was issued, but f you have purchased any of the affected products at the Co-op, you may return them for a full refund.

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