Product Recall Information

Earth Balance – Vegan Mac & Cheese products, December 12, 2016

Boulder, CO (December 8, 2016) — Boulder Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese. Boulder Brands initiated the recall after being informed by consumers that the product may contain a dairy allergen. People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

All products expiring in 2017 are being recalled.  The recalled items can be identified by the code embossed on the bottom of the package.

All affected product has been pulled off of Coop shelves.

For all the details, including affected Retail UPC numbers and expiration dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release above for impacted product codes and expiration dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the product packaging stamped with a qualifying expiration date. Please do NOT bring in the product itself. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product package to a Membership Office staff person only. That staff person will double check that the product was impacted by the recall and, if confirmed, issue a cash refund.

Sabra Dipping Company hummus products, November 19, 2016

Colonial Heights, VA – Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product.

The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

Affected product has a ‘best before’ date of 1/23/17 or prior. Anything after 1/23/17 is not affected by this recall.

Of the recalled Sabra hummus items, the Coop was carrying Sabra Hummus Classic 7OZ – UPC code: 040822000017, Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ – UPC code: 040822017497, and Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ – UPC code: 040822990011.

The Coop found affected Sabra product at the Coop as of 11/21/16. All affected product was pulled off of the shelf.

The Coop also carries Sabra Guacamole in 8 oz containers that are NOT affected by this recall.

For all the details, including affected SKU numbers and ‘best before’ dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release above for impacted product codes and best before dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the product packaging stamped with a qualifying best before date. Please do NOT bring in the product itself. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product package to a Membership Office staff person only. That staff person will double check that the product was impacted by the recall and, if confirmed, issue a cash refund.

CLIF Bar Sierra Trail Mix energy bar and CLIP Mojo Mountain Mix trail mix bar, June 2, 2016

Emeryville, CA. Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of CLIF BAR® Sierra Trail Mix energy bars, and CLIF® Mojo® Mountain Mix® trail mix bars, and CLIF BAR® Nuts & Seeds energy bars sold nationally, after its ingredient supplier, SunOpta, was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono).

Clif Bar has not received any reports of illness; however, the company is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution.

Of the recalled CLIF items, the Coop was carrying the package of 2.4 oz (68 g) of Sierra Trail Mix energy bar with “Best By Dates” of June 5, 2016 through March 24, 2017 and Mojo Mountain Mix with “Best By Dates” of June 16, 2016 through February 2, 2017. All recalled product has been removed from the Coop’s shelves and backstock.

The Coop sells many other Clif Bar products, but none of them were affected by this recall.

For all the details, including affected lot numbers and expiration/”best by” dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release below for impacted product codes and best before dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the product packaging stamped with a qualifying best before date. Please do NOT bring in the product itself. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product package to a Membership Office staff person only. That staff person will double check that the product was impacted by the recall and, if confirmed, issue a cash refund.

Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers, May 17, 2016

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling various not-ready-to-eat frozen food items due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This voluntary action is being undertaken in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration because the recalled products contain vegetables that are part of the recent CRF Frozen Foods recall.

No illnesses to date have been reported to Dr. Prager’s Sensible Foods, Inc. for the products involved in this recall.

Of the recalled items, the Coop was carrying the package of four (4) 2.5oz (71g) Burgers, with “Best By Dates” of between 1/27/20183/21/2018. All recalled product has been removed from the Coop’s shelves and backstock.

For all the details, including affected lot numbers and expiration dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release below for impacted product codes and best before dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the product packaging stamped with a qualifying best before date. Please do NOT bring in the product itself. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product package to a Membership Office staff person only. That staff person will double check that the product was impacted by the recall and, if confirmed, issue a cash refund.

A number of other Dr. Praeger’s Products were recalled as were an enormous list of products related to the CRF recall. Other than the Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers, the Coop does not carry any of the other recalled products.

Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets, March 5, 2016

Purdue Foods announced today that it is recalling Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets with the “Best Before” date of September 27, 2016. There may be small pieces of plastic in the product. No injuries or illnesses have been reported. The products were distributed to retailers in Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

We currently carry this item but did not have any product with the recalled “best before” dates on the shelf when the recall was announced. It’s possible that the coop did recently carry affected product.

No other products sold by Applegate Naturals were affected by the recall.

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release below for impacted product codes and best before dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the product packaging stamped with a qualifying best before date. Please do NOT bring in the product itself. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product package to a Membership Office staff person only. That staff person will double check that the product was impacted by the recall and, if confirmed, issue a cash refund.

For all the details, including affected lot numbers and expiration dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Gogo squeeZ, Non-Organic Applesauce pouches, March 4, 2016

Gogo Squeez announced today that it is voluntarily recalling non-organic applesauce pouches because an inspection by the Michigan State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) found food product residue in two product pumps in one of their factories. No illnesses connected to this issue have been reported. While it is possible the food product residue may have been incorporated into finished product, they test their applesauce extensively, and at this time, have not seen evidence of this in their pouches.

We currently carry this item but did not have any product with the recalled “best before” dates on the shelf when the recall was announced. It’s possible that the coop did recently carry affected product.

No other products sold by Gogo SqueeZ were affected by the recall.

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release below for impacted product codes and best before dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the unused product in its original container stamped with a qualifying product number and best before date. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product to a Membership Office staff person only. That staff person will double check that the product was impacted by the recall and, if confirmed, issue a cash refund.

For all the details, including affected lot numbers and expiration dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal (various sizes and flavors), February 12, 2016

Garden of Life LLC has expanded its earlier voluntarily withdrawing additional lot numbers of its RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai because they have the potential to contain Salmonella Virchow.

The Coop stocked the following three flavors and sizes of Raw Meal in question from October 1st, 2015 to February 1st, 2016:

Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal Full Size, 32 oz. (908 g)

Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size, 34.8 oz. (986 g)

Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size, 33.5 oz. (949 g)

Coop staff posted a sign in the supplement aisle of the Coop — aisle 4B, section G2 — where the Raw Meal is on the shelf explaining the situation and how to proceed.

No other products besides the Raw Meals have been indicated at this time. The Coop carries other products from Garden of Life that come in large tubs, such as Raw Protein, Raw Fit, and Raw Protein & Greens. The Raw Protein & Greens in particular is a very similar looking product but is not impacted by this recall.

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release below for impacted lot numbers and product expiration dates. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund. To receive a refund, return the unused product in its original container stamped with a qualifying lot number. No other proof of purchase is required. Hand product to a Membership Office staff person only, and provide your member number and verify that your address is correct in our membership database. Refunds will be mailed by check.

For all the details, including affected lot numbers and expiration dates of recalled product, see the official press release at the FDA website

Sweet Leaf Teas sold in 16oz glass bottles, December 10, 2015

The Sweet Leaf Tea Company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Sweet Leaf® Tea in 16 ounce glass bottles out of an abundance of caution because of the possible presence of glass fragments. This was the result of glass breakage during the filling process. Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if ingested. The company has received 4 complaints of glass in the product. No injuries were reported.

The Coop used to sell this item in glass, but the company switched to a plastic container in approximately June of 2015. It’s possible that the coop did carry affected product, but not within the past 6 months.

Coop members who believe they may have purchased recalled products must check the FDA press release below for impacted manufacture and UPC codes. Any recalled product purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund in exchange for the recalled product’s original packaging (please bring the packaging only, not the cheese). No other proof of purchase is required.

For all the details, see the official press release at the FDA website

Karoun Dairy Recalls Various Cheese, September 16, 2015

Today Karoun Dairies, Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling a variety of cheeses it distributes due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, no product has tested positive for Listeria but in view of the association with listeriosis cases Karoun Dairies Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall in the interest of protecting public health.

The Coop has carried two of the recalled Karoun Dairy cheeses: Gobi Paneer and braided cheese distributed by Sahadi and sold from the packaged cheese case.

Coop members who purchased these products must check the FDA press release below for impacted UPC codes. Any recalled product can purchased at the Coop can be returned for a full refund in exchange for the recalled product’s original packaging (please bring the packaging only, not the cheese). No other proof of purchase is required.

For all the details, see the official press release at the FDA website

GoGo Squeeze

Today GoGo squeeze announced that it is voluntarily recalling a variety of squueze packs, produced within a certain date range, due to a possible mold contamination. The company reports that no illnesses have been reported related to this possible contamination.

The Coop does carry this product, but the product we are currently stocking is NOT impacted by the recall. However, we may have sold GoGo squeese affected by the recall. If Coop members purchased GoGo squeeze from the Coop and are concerned about possible contamination, please click the link below for the announcement posted on GoGo squeeze’s website. Coop members can return impacted products purchased at the Coop for a full refund in exchange for the recalled product in its original packaging. No other proof of purchase is required.”

For all the details, and to learn how to tell if product you have at home was impacted by the recall, see this accouncement posted on GoGo squeeze’s website

Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, October 2, 2015

General Mills has issued a voluntary recall of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California location on certain dates in July of 2015 because of an undeclared allergen – wheat – with potential adverse health effects.

The Coop does not carry Honey Nut Cheerios, and we do not have the recalled Cheerios in stock. However, we may have sold Cheerios affected by the recall. If Coop members purchased Cheerios from the Coop and are concerned about wheat contamination, please see the FDA press release below so you can check your packaging. Coop member can return impacted products purchased at the Coop for a full refund in exchange for the recalled product in its original packaging. No other proof of purchase is required.”

For all the details, see the official press release at the FDA website

General Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.

  • Meeting Location: St Francis Xavier School, 763 President St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves.
  • You must be a Food Coop member to attend the General Meeting. Please bring your Coop I.D. card to be admitted.
  • Times in parentheses are suggestions. The Chair has the discretion to change the order of the agenda or the time allotted to each item.

I. Member Arrival and Meeting Warm-Up (7:00-7:15)

II. Open Forum (7:15-7:30)

III. Coordinator and Committee Reports (7:30-8:00)

IV. Meeting Agenda (8:00-9:30)

Item 1: Formation of a Pension Oversight Committee (90 minutes)

Proposal: To create a committee of members who will represent the interests of the entire membership including the full-time employees concerning the Coop’s Defined Pension Plan. The committee will be charged with: monitoring the overall performance of the fund; maintaining regular communication with and offering advice to the Pension Plan Trustees and Pension Plan Administrator; and reporting on pension plan performance and management, as well as ongoing education about the pension plan, to the membership at large.

The committee will be composed of five elected members, working on an FTOP basis as needed throughout the year. Committee members will submit their hours to the committee chairperson for approval. For every 2.75 hours of work completed an FTOP credit would be applied to the committee member’s work record. If somehow the committee’s work in any given 12-month period did not equal the requisite 13 shifts a year, committee members would be obliged to supplement their committee work with FTOP work elsewhere in the Coop. The committee will have at least four scheduled meetings per year with the Pension Plan Trustees (and Pension Plan Administrator, as needed). The committee at its discretion may schedule meetings with any investment managers, actuaries, accountants, lawyers or other service providers that the plan may employ. In addition, the committee will report at least quarterly in the Linewaiters’ Gazette and at the General Meeting (during Committee Reports unless the committee chooses to submit an agenda item to make more substantive report) on the pension plan’s performance and management.—submitted by Jonathan Hessney

Details of the Pension Oversight Committee:

Below the Pension Plan Trustees will be referred to as the “Trustees,” the Pension Plan Administrator will be referred to as the “Administrator,” the Pension Plan Investment Manager will be referred to as the “Investment Manager,” and the Linewaiters’ Gazette will be referred to as the “Gazette.”

Requirements for Committee Membership

  • Members with at least one year of Coop membership immediately prior to joining the committee;
  • A record of good attendance at their Coop workslot; and
  • Minimum three years relevant professional or educational experience in investment management, corporate finance, or pension management

Members will be required to submit a professional resume, a brief written statement of interest and at least one reference and will communicate in writing to the “Pension Oversight Committee.”

Selection of Members for Committee Membership

The inaugural selection group for the committee will interview qualified candidates, perform other necessary due diligence, and recommend a slate of five candidates for election at a future GM. The inaugural selection group will consist of three Coop members (Jonathan Hessney, Ben Millard and Rob Dietrich). This election shall take place no later than 3 months after the approval of this proposal at a GM.

To fill future vacancies on the committee, the process will be described above, except that selection group will consist of current committee members who are not running for reelection.

Before engaging in any official committee activity, committee members must be presented to and elected by the General Meeting.

Election of Members and Terms of Service

The members elected for the inaugural committee shall, by ascending order of affirmative votes received, be assigned to the following initial terms: two two-year terms, and three three-year terms. In the event the two or more members receiving the same number of affirmative votes, terms will be assigned in last name alphabetical order. Thereafter, all elected members shall serve for three-year terms. Committee elections will be held annually in the month in which the inaugural committee is elected.

The committee may select from among its members a chairperson whose responsibilities will include scheduling meetings, setting agendas, chairing meetings, and ensuring the committee functions smoothly to meet its stated goals and fulfill its mandate.

Any member elected to the Committee to replace a committee member who resigns part way through their term will complete the remainder of that member’s term. Members could then stand for reelection to a full term, if they express interest and are selected by the selection group.

The committee must solicit, through the Gazette, interest from the membership at large whenever there is an opportunity for members to stand for election. Every effort will be made to present a slate of candidates that represents the diversity of the Coop’s membership.

Committee Recommendations and Reports

A quorum for a committee meeting will be 4 committee members. The committee will vote on the recommendations and report its issues. The committee will make decisions by majority vote.

Information Sharing and Communication

The committee will receive from the Trustees the following items in the following timeframes:

  • Pension Plan Investment Policy Statement – At least 30 days before any new policy is to be enacted
  • Monthly account statements for all pension fund accounts, including transaction histories
  • List of plan investments, their current values and cost basis
  • Quarterly accounting of Administrative Costs (including management fees and “trailers,” broker-dealer mark-ups and commissions)
  • Documentation of the fund’s expected requests for contributions from the Coop

This information will be presented not less than quarterly and as frequently as monthly, if requested by the committee. All committee requests for information are to be responded to within 14 days. The committee may request additional information as needed. Whenever possible, information will be shared in a secure and confidential manner with the Committee in advance of the scheduled meetings.

In addition, in June of each year, the Trustees and Administrator will provide the committee a final copy of the Annual Audited Financial Statements, and when it is made available (usually in April or May) the report on the over or underfunded status of the pension plan according to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the legally required certification that complies with the Pension Plan Protection Act of 2006 known as Adjusted Funding Target Attainment Percentage.

The Trustees (and Administrator, as needed) will meet quarterly with the committee to review pension fund value and investment positions and to answer questions. Within three weeks of these quarterly meetings the pension reports provided to the committee will be submitted by the Trustees for publication in the Gazette. If possible, the committee’s written report should be submitted for publication at the same time.

The committee will maintain and monitor an email address at which they will receive questions and comments from the membership at large.

Confidentiality

All information about the pension plan provided to the committee and to the membership at large will maintain the confidentiality of plan participants’ personal information as well as the fund’s brokerage account numbers. When account statements include disbursements to beneficiaries, this information will be provided as a lump sum (verified by the Administrator) and in such a way as to completely protect the privacy and identity of individual plan beneficiaries.

Consultation and Advice on Pension-Related Matters

The Trustees and Administrators intend to communicate with the committee to inform them and seek their advice on such matters as: the selection of Trustees in the event of the resignation of an elected Trustee; the selection or replacement of the Investment Manager, actuarial firm or any other outside professional engaged to assist in the management of the pension plan fund. The goal of the consultations will be to make decisions together and to present jointly sponsored motions to the General Meeting when necessary.

The only exception to this approach would be decisions that are truly of an urgent nature and require immediate action. In this case the appropriate party—Trustee or Administrator—will consult the chairperson of the committee prior to making the required decisions without first consulting the committee.

According to the Pension Plan and Trust document, the Plan sponsor appoints Trustees. In our case the Plan Sponsor is the corporate body known as the Park Slope Food Coop, and therefore Trustees are elected through the existing General Meeting process of decision-making.

Conflict Resolution

The committee will resolve internal conflicts and handle internal decision-making by majority vote of those members present as long as the quorum of four is satisfied.

One goal of committee is for a respectful and cooperative working relationship to develop between the committee and the Trustees and Administrator. In the case where the committee feels its advice is not being heeded, or the Trustees and Administrator are not meeting their obligations as laid out in this document and/or the documented responsibilities of their respective roles as Trustees and Administrator, the committee may hold a vote of no confidence in one or multiple trustees of the fund or in the plan administrator to remove them from their position. In the event of the removal of a trustee or administrator, the committee will then recommend new trustee(s) and/or an administrator for election at the next possible GM and no later than 3 months following the vote of no confidence. If the vote of no confidence leaves the plan without a trustee and/or administrator, the committee will appoint an interim trustee and/or administrator until permanent replacements can be elected.

V. Board of Directors Meeting (9:30)

VI. Wrap-Up (9:30-9:45)
Includes member sign-in for workslot credit.

 

The Linewaiters’ Gazette

The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published bi-weekly on Thursdays by the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215. Opinions expressed in the Gazette may be solely the views of the writer. The Gazette is printed by Tri-Star Offset, Maspeth, NY.

The work of creating and publishing the Gazette is shared by four teams of Coop members doing their workslot as part of the Gazette Committee.

If you have a question about the Linewaiters’ Gazette that is not answered in this section, please contact the Membership Office and ask to speak to the Linewaiters’ Gazette Staff Liaison.

 

Dates and Deadlines

The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published every other Thursday, in B and D weeks. Check the calendar at the bottom right of any page on our website to see what week it is.

Articles, Committee Reports, Member Submissions, and Recipes are due by 12:00 pm on the Monday that is ten (10) days before the issue date.*

Display and Classified Ads and Community Calendar submissions are by 7 p.m. on the Wednesday that is eight days before the issue date.*

* When/if these dates fall in a week that contains a major holiday, the deadlines may be modified to allow adequate time for members and staff to produce the issue. When they are changed, that information will be listed here.

 

Subscriptions

The Gazette is available free to members in the Coop. Subscriptions are available by mail at $30 per year (for US residents). To subscribe to the Gazette, please send an email along with your full name and mailing address. You must bring a check, made out to Park Slope Food Coop, for $30.00 US to the Membership Office to complete the subscription process. If you do not live in the continental United States, please do not send a check. We will calculate the annual subscription rate case-by-case based upon the First Class mail rates between the Coop and your residence, and email you with the cost of your annual subscription.

500 Miles to Local

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If you live in New York City, “home” is one of the largest metropolitan areas on the planet, and local agriculture will necessarily encompass a large area. Starting from our spot in the heart of urban sprawl, the closest farms are a 100-mile drive away. When our local growing season is in full swing, the vast majority of the Coop’s grown and raised product comes from within the 100- to 200-mile range—this includes many of the more than 40 local small-scale farms we buy from (not including our meat and poultry suppliers). When our region’s growing season ends, the Coop sources product from further away, but when possible we try to buy closer to home.

At the Coop, we define local as within 500 miles, because 500 miles is approximately a one-day-truck-drive away. Arugula picked at dawn on a Monday can be packed, trucked and on our shelves by 8:00 a.m. the next day. Our 500-mile radius stretches from Quebec to North Carolina, and from the Atlantic Coast to the middle of Ohio. This area constitutes a range of growing seasons, allowing us to support many farms in the surrounding regions while supplying our members with a dizzying variety of local product for most of the year. In the winter we try to buy from Florida, in preference over California, when we can. That’s about as local as we get for fresh-grown crops in the winter. Whenever possible, storage crops—squash and apples for example—will be local all year long.

Buying local ensures two important benefits. The first is the benefit that our members reap: fresh product. The second is the support we give to our regional economy. We go for local, but we also try to go for “little,” which allows us to help to sustain family-owned farms and farming cooperatives throughout our region. The Coop’s buying practices support people who, in general, are dedicated and conscientious stewards of the land.

On the shelves of our produce aisle, we identify the geographical origins of approximately 225 items. If there is more than one source for a local item we simply say, “locally grown within 500 miles.” If an item comes from a single farm we name the farm and its location. We think this practice makes the idea of “local” hit home—even in one of the biggest cities in the world.