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.
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.”
The 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.
FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Organic certification options were recently added to FoodChain ID’s portfolio of services based on client requests for the ability to consolidate the certification process into a one-stop approach.
FoodChain ID, formerly known as Global ID Group, is one of the largest global entities in food safety, testing, and verification and it said that nearly half of its non-GMO clients simultaneously certify as organic, making it a significant growth area for the company.
“We’re excited to add more integrated solutions to our portfolio of services,” said David Carter general manager, FoodChain ID. “Growing consumer and regulatory pressure to clearly identify what is, and isn’t, in the foods we eat has many of our clients rapidly seeking providers that can streamline certification and verification services in a way that reduces overhead and speeds their time to market.”
The company acquired two companies to aid in its ability to offer global certification services including Bioagricert, a global company that was among the first to market in the certification of organic foods, in December 2017 and more recently Quality Partner, a premier food safety testing, inspections and certification company serving France and the Benelux regions of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The Benelux region is a priority growth market for Global ID with more than USD 42Bn in revenue in the food market. QP has over 3,000 clients in Europe and is a recognized market leader.
With more than 33 years of expertise in the organic sector, Bioagricert is one of the top, global, NOP-certifying bodies, having certified over 900 operations, the company said.
“As an organic certification pioneer, Bioagricert’s expertise in organic certification, combined with FoodChain ID’s Non-GMO verification expertise and SupplyTrak mapping and label verification system, further strengthens FoodChain ID’s leadership position in providing independent, third-party labeling claims,” Carter added.
QP carries out quality control activities in the agriculture, food processing, retail and catering sectors with a portfolio of testing, inspection, certification, and technical services. QP’s testing business focuses on food microbiology testing, metagenomics, and biomarker testing; its certification offerings include Organic, FSSC 22000, ISO22000, GlobalGAP and Belgian standards. QP also offers technical and training services to retailers and manufacturers.
“The addition of Quality Partner further expands FoodChain ID’s international footprint and leadership position,” said Brad Riemenapp, CEO of Global ID. “QP brings us access to its broad and attractive client base and 18 years of expertise in food safety testing, inspections, and certification. This acquisition is a further step in developing Global ID’s presence in organic certification, following the acquisition of Bioagricert in December 2017. We are excited to enter the Benelux region with the completion of this acquisition.”
FoodChain ID, which serves over 30,000 clients in more than 100 countries, is a portfolio company of Paine Schwartz Partners, a private equity firm engaging in sustainable food chain investing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The movement for healthy living got a boost Tues. when the Obama administration declared artificial trans fats unsafe.
With its final determination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave food makers up to three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fat.
The industry had already been moving in that direction in anticipation of the move. And food manufacturers have been required since 2006 to display PHO content on food labels, resulting in an approximately 78 percent decrease in trans fat consumption overall, the agency said.
“Studies show that diet and nutrition play a key role in preventing chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and today’s action goes hand in hand with other FDA initiatives to improve the health of Americans, including updating the nutrition facts label,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “This determination is based on extensive research into the effects of PHOs, as well as input from all stakeholders received during the public comment period.”