Natural Grocers recalls organic soybeans

Natural Grocers recalls organic soybeans
Natural Grocers recalls organic soybeans.

WASHINGTON – Organic grocery retailer Natural Grocers issued a recall on its 2-pound bags of organic soybeans. According to the company, the packages have the potential to contain mold.

The company discovered the contamination risk, and the product was suspended pending investigations by Natural Grocers and the Food and Drug Administration.

The organic soybeans were distributed to 154 Natural Grocers’ stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Consumers should discontinue the use of bags bearing 19-168 and 19-205 as the packed-on dates. The packed-on date is on the bottom left-hand corner of the label.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has flexible and smaller footprint neighborhood stores in 20 states. And it also has approximately 3,500 employees.

According to its recent financial report, Natural Grocers signed leases for five new stores. They acquired the property for two additional new stores, which will open during 2020 and beyond.

Organic nutrition products maker to be acquired

Orgain
Orgain to sell a majority stake in the company to Butterfly.

LOS ANGELES – Orgain, a manufacturer of organic nutrition products, will be acquired by Butterfly. The Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializes in the food sector.

Earlier this month, both companies announced Butterfly had signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the company. Orgain’s Founder Dr. Andrew Abraham, M.D. will retain a significant minority ownership position and will continue as Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited about this next phase of growth for our brand, the ability to expand globally, and the opportunity to inspire so many more healthy, vibrant lives,” Abraham said in a statement.

A cancer survivor, Abraham launched Orgain in 2009 with the industry’s first organic ready-to-drink nutrition shake.

According to Orgain’s website, Abraham was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in his teens.

“During chemo and radiation, I lost my appetite entirely and experienced alarming weight loss,” he said. “When my doctors recommended nutrition shakes to get my weight up, the only options available were full of unhealthy and synthetic ingredients. So my mother and I started making our own organic shakes at home.

“The power of clean nutrition stayed with me as I entered my medical career. As I treated patients, I was consumed by the idea that I could help millions more people a day by bringing a healthier, organic nutrition shake to the market.”

Abraham took that desire to help others and quit his medical practice to start Orgain.

Since then, the company has produced numerous organic nutrition products from protein powders to shakes and bars.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a limited partner of Butterfly, will also be a new minority investor alongside Butterfly and Abraham.

Organic ground beef recall

NATURES RANCHER

WASHINGTON –  Approximately  130,464 pounds of raw ground, organic beef from Nature’s Rancher brand was recalled due to potential contamination with plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The products in question were produced from Oct. 3, 2019, through Oct. 15, 2019, and are labeled as follows: “Nature’s Rancher 100% Grass Fed Organic Ground Beef 85% Lean, 15% Fat” and “Nature’s Rancher 100% Grass Fed Organic Ground Beef 93% Lean, 7% Fat.”

NaturesRancher93The USDA says the items were shipped to distribution centers and then to retail locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, and Maryland.

The recall was prompted by consumer complaints received through the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline and directly by the company that produces Nature’s Rancher, Rastelli Bros., Inc., doing business as Rastelli Foods Group, located in Swedesboro, N.J.

“When the complaints were identified by USDA, we immediately initiated an investigation into the source of the alleged object, monitoring the entire manufacturing process and examining every piece of equipment, and modes of transportation to determine the root cause of these complaints,” said Carl Zerr, director of food safety and quality assurance for Rastelli’s Food Group. “Additionally, we independently purchased the products from various retail locations to inspect the quality of the consumer-facing packages. After said inquiries, we have yet to find additional foreign material in any of the products nor have we determined an explanation of how these alleged plastics could have materialized.”

Although there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, the USDA urges consumers who purchased the products in question to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.