Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Your Daily Dose of Food in the News:

from our friends at the Cornucopia Institute:

Message to Obama: Please Fix the USDA’s Organic Mess
Overhaul of Management and Culture Needed

Appointment of Kathleen Merrigan as Deputy Secretary: First Sign of “Change”

Cornucopia, WI – President Obama and new USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are being urged to take immediate action to repair the USDA’s increasingly dysfunctional National Organic Program (NOP). Suspect imports of grains, nuts, and vegetables from China and other countries, questionable organic milk, beef, and eggs from giant factory farms, and the erosion of opportunity for family farmers are plaguing the organic sector... click to read this article in full.
http://www.cornucopia.org/2009/02/message-to-obama-please-fix-the-usda%e2%80%99s-organic-mess/#more-1150


Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Peanut Recall and Your Co-op.

As the Peanut recall becomes more and more far reaching, we wanted to take a minute to clarify what's been affected, still being affected, and what the Co-op is doing to alleviate any consumer concern.

First and foremost: the Co-op receives notifications every day about products that have been affected. This is the same for any recall notice, not just in this massive peanut butter recall instance.

We IMMEDIATELY pull affected items. There is never an instance where we second guess a recall notice, no matter what. Anomalies only occur as more items are added into a recall, as companies notice that they are sourcing from a place in question.

You'll notice that we no longer have certain trail mixes, energy bars, candy bars, and wraps available. Any items pulled in conjunction with the recall of peanuts/peanut paste have been labeled as such.

If you have purchased any of these items within the past month, you are entitled to a full refund for your uneaten product. Please bring your purchase to the Co-op, where you will be issued an immediate refund.

If you have more questions about products and companies that have been affected, please visit the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html
this is updated almost daily to keep consumers aware of the current situation.

You can also check out the "Peanut Recall Information Board" in the front of the store, next to our Customer Comment feedback area. This board has information including up-to-date product recalls (and companies that have NOT been affected) and general information about the larger implications of this recall in terms of our nations food security.

You will also notice that the Co-op still has a full shelf of organic peanut butter, and peanuts for grinding. These items have NOT been affected by the recall, and are totally safe to eat.

If you have any questions concerning your Co-op and the recall, please email marketing@islavistafood.coop or call 968-1401 and ask for melissa.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fiscal Year Ending 2008 Letter to Member-Owners

"Where's my patronage dividend?" If this is a question that you've asked yourself in the past few months, please take a few minutes to download and read this letter to membership from your Board of Directors. Financial Year 2008 (October 1, 2007-Spetember 30, 2008) was a strong year for your Food Co-op, and we are really moving in a positive direction, thanks in no small part to the dedication of our core shoppers... you, the Owners of this Cooperative.
So, follow this link and read on about how things are moving forward!
http://www.mediafire.com/file/k5my0igzdmz/editedFYE2008LetterToMember[1].pdf

your daily dose of food in the news...

Well, not quite daily, but i'm working on it. let's call this the first in the "your daily dose of food in the news" series.
It's an article from last Friday, but it's a good one.
http://www.cornucopia.org/2009/02/vilsack-usda-must-serve-eaters-as-well-as-farmers/