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Two items sold at the Co-op have been voluntarily recalled PDF Print E-mail

August 6, 2010

KOYO Foods Soba Ramen is being voluntarily recalled because it contains undeclared soy protein. The package fails to list the sub-components of one ingredient, shoyu powder. It should list (soybean, wheat, sea salt). People who have an allergy to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

This product has been pulled from the Co-op’s shelves, and it will not be reordered until the problem has been resolved by the manufacturer.


Alacer Corp Emergen-C Apricot Mango (Adult) Multi-Vitamin is being voluntarily withdrawn due to lower vitamin E content than labeled. The manufacturer discovered the discrepancy during an internal audit.

This product has been pulled from the Co-op’s shelves, and it will not be reordered until the problem has been resolved by the manufacturer.

If you have purchased either of these products from the Co-op, you may return it for a full refund.

“Big Ag” at it Again PDF Print E-mail


Last year we won a hard fought battle, securing appropriate food safety rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act for small-to-midsized farms and processors producing fresh and healthy food for local and regional markets.

Now, out of left field, a marketing agency – the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) — has issued a proposed national food safety rule for spinach, lettuce, and cabbage, despite the fact that AMS does not have food safety jurisdiction or staff.

And the protections for the small and medium sized farms that make up our nations vibrant local food system? …. Not there.

The most powerful “Big Ag” players in the leafy green industry are pushing the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (NLGMA).   The sellers, processors, and distributors that sign on to the rule will compel farmers they purchase from to comply with its standards. The rule adds a second and conflicting layer of food safety standards and audits on top of FDA food safety rules.

This confusing and duplicative rule could effectively shut small and mid-sized farmers
out of the leafy greens market.

Click here to tell the AMS to withdraw their unnecessary and confusing rule.


MaraNatha is voluntarily withdrawing its Organic Peanut Butter PDF Print E-mail

MaraNatha is voluntarily withdrawing its Organic Peanut Butter Creamy with Salt that was shipped to the Co-op between December 15 and December 31, 2009, because it does not meet the manufacturer’s quality standards. There are no health concerns with the product and no illnesses have been reported in connection with the peanut butter.

If you think you have purchased this peanut butter, check the lid for the affected lot code number 19NOV10. If your peanut butter matches this lot code number, please bring it to the Co-op for a full refund.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Organic, Farmer-Owned Co-op First to Receive Domestic Fair Trade Certification PDF Print E-mail

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

June 07, 2010

fairdealFarmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. (FDC), a farmer-owned business of 70 certified organic family farms, is the first business in Canada and the United States to receive domestic fair trade certification. "People usually associate fair trade with coffee, sugar, bananas and other crops from the global south, but fair wages to farm workers and fair prices to farmers are just as much a concern in industrialized nations like Canada and the United States," explains Murray Horkoff, a FDC farmer-owner from Kamsack, SK.  "Now organic consumers can purchase fairly traded, flax, wheat, beans, hemp, peas, lentils and other crops grown in the Northern Hemisphere," adds Horkoff. 

FDC is now both certified organic through Pro-Cert Organic Systems and certified fair trade through Quality Certification Services, making FDC the first company eligible to carry the fairDeal seal on their members' products. "Most of society is unaware that farm workers in many states and provinces are not protected under Federal, State or Provincial Labour laws. Since farm workers have no recourse under law they are often exploited. Therefore, organic consumers are now demanding organic foods that are fairly traded," states Keith Neu, a FDC farmer-owner from Hudson Bay, SK. "We are proud to be able to offer certified organic, fairly traded food to these families."

Along with fair prices to farmers and living wages to farm workers, the fairDeal, an organic industry supply chain non-profit and product seal, was founded to incorporate fair trade, pay equity and other additional ethical standards into organic agriculture. The fairDeal seal on products is an easy way for shoppers to know that their purchase supports certified organic farming methods and fair business practices.

"If we truly believe in democracy and fair trade then we must economically organize ourselves in ways that are democratic and fair.  Support for organic family farms and pay equity are fundamental to any system of fair trade. But it has to be easy for consumers," adds Gene Davis, FDC's President who farms out of North Portal, Saskatchewan.  "That's why if consumers are looking for certified organic, certified fair trade food where all companies involved practice pay equity they need only look for one seal - the fairDeal."

To purchase fairDeal grains or for more information about Farmer Direct Co-op please contact Jason Freeman, General Manager at 1.306.352. 2444 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information on the fairDeal, please contact Marla Carlson, Program Manager at 306.352.2496.

About Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd.

Founded in 2002, Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. is a farmer-owned business that provides the world with ethically grown and traded food.
Its co-operative of 70 certified organic family farms and 120,000 acres of farmland produce high quality, 100 percent certified organic, grains, oilseeds, pulses and meats for food manufacturers, distributors and food service providers in Canada, the United States, European Union and Japan. FDC is a bulk supplier of organic grains specializing in containers, truckloads, railcars and 25 lb grain bags to retailer bulk bins. For more information, visit

Support Food Safety Legislation that Won’t Restrict Family Farmers PDF Print E-mail

“The current near-nationwide contamination in the egg supply can be directly linked to industrial producers that confine millions of birds, a product of massive, centralized breeding, in manure-rich hen houses, and feeding the birds a ration spiked with antibiotics.

When Congress returns to Washington, we have no doubt that food safety legislation, which has languished for months, will get fast-tracked.  In an election-year our politicians don’t want to be left with egg on their faces.

We only hope that Senators will seriously consider not just passing comprehensive reform but incorporating an amendment sponsored by John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, that will exempt the safest farms in our country—small, local direct marketers. We need to allocate our scarce, limited resources based on greatest risk.

Farmers and ranchers milking 60 cows, raising a few hundred head of beef, or free ranging laying hens (many times these animals have names not numbers), offer the only true competition to corporate agribusinesses that dominate our food production system.”

Read the full article here –

Read Sen. John Tester’s Amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act  HERE

For more information on how the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact local farms, visit

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