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Food Recalls

Food Recalls

We never like it when it happens, but occasionally we are notified of products that need to be pulled from our shelves for reasons that range from an ingredient being left off of the label to the potential for contamination by life-threatening bacteria. We are serious about food safety and take immediate action when notified by our distributors or the FDA or USDA of food recalls. We post signs in our stores asking our shoppers to return the items, and we call each of our member-owners for whom our records indicate they have purchased the recalled item. If the food recall is expansive or life-threatening, we send notification to our local media. North Coast Co-op is committed to ensuring food safety.  

Listed below are recent recalls and alerts for products carried by North Coast Co-op. We encourage anyone who has purchased these products to return them to either of our locations for a full refund. Shoppers who have used these products and who are experiencing symptoms are urged to contact their healthcare providers immediately.

If you have questions about the product or how to return it, contact Customer Service at either of our stores: Arcata (707) 822-5947; Eureka (707) 443-6027

Current Recalls:

October 23, 2017 - Trés Latin Foods is issuing a voluntary recall on its Kale & Pinto Bean Pupusas, and Black Bean & Sweet Corn Pupusas because they may contain an undeclared milk allergen.

Tres Latin Foods is voluntarily recalling two batches of production of Kale & Pinto Bean 10 oz. pupusas and one batch of its Black Bean & Sweet Corn pupusas due to an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no reports of illness to date.

The Kale & Pinto Bean UPC is 8-54430-00247-5, and has Best By Dates of June 20, 2018 and June 27, 2018; the Black Bean & Sweet Corn UPC is 8-54430-00237-6, and has a Best By Date of June 19, 2018. Consumers with additional questions can email Tres Latin Foods at Questions@treslatinfoods.com or call (720) 613-TRES, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm Mountain Standard Time. Customers and Members with questions, please feel free to contact the Merchandising Department at the North Coast Co-op, (707)822-5947 ext. 242.

If you have purchased the products listed above, please return them to either North Coast Co-op location for a full refund. Notifications of recall have been posted at point of sale, as well as our customer service desks. Co-op members who have purchased these items in the last month have been notified. These products were available in our Arcata and Eureka locations, though the affected lots were not present on the shelves at the time of this recall.


October 18, 2017 - Organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield, is voluntarily recalling a specific code date of its O’Soy Strawberry soy yogurt because it may contain an undeclared milk allergen.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Product was initially distributed to the following states and the list will be updated as information becomes available: CA, CT, FL, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI. The yogurts are sold at natural food stores and grocery retailers nationwide. 

The specific product being recalled comes in 5.3 ounce cups and has the code date of November 4, 2017 on the lid and carrying the following product code printed along the side of the cup: O’Soy Strawberry UPC Code: 0-52159 00603-7.

Consumers who may have purchased the potentially affected O’Soy Strawberry soy yogurts with this code date are asked to immediately dispose of them. Stonyfield is advising their distribution network to immediately remove these specific code-dated yogurts from retail shelves.

The recall is due to the possibility that some product shipped from its Londonderry plant may contain dairy yogurt instead of soy yogurt as labeled. The issue was identified after receiving two consumer complaints. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date. Although the company believes the problem is not widespread, it is taking this measure to ensure the safety of its consumers.

“Our first priority has always been and will always be the health and well-being of our consumers,” says Esteve Torrens, Stonyfield CE-Yo. “While we continue to investigate this issue we believe recalling all potentially affected cups is the most responsible and transparent choice at this time.”

Consumers with questions should contact Stonyfield Consumer Relations at 1-800-PRO-COWS, Monday- Friday 9-12pm, 1:30-5pm, or email us at crelations@Stonyfield.com.

For more information, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581029.htm

If you have purchased the product listed above, please return product to either North Coast Co-Op location for a full refund. Notifications of recall have been posted at point of sale, as well as our customer service desks. Co-op members have purchased this item in the last month have been notified). This product was available only in our Arcata location, but was not present on the shelves at the time of this recall.


September 9, 2017 - Garden of Life Issues Voluntary Precautionary Recall of Its New Supplement for Infants, BABY ORGANIC LIQUID PROBIOTIC

Garden of Life, LLC, is issuing a voluntary precautionary recall of its new supplement for infants, Baby Organic Liquid Probiotic.

The product, as labeled, includes directions for use that may be misinterpreted. The company is concerned that if not administered precisely following the labeled instructions, the product may present difficulties in swallowing and potentially pose a choking hazard due to the thickness of the liquid.

Baby Organic Liquid is a liquid supplement packaged in a blue carton that includes a measuring syringe. The label currently instructs parents, “Do not insert syringe directly in mouth. Dispense liquid slowly into the mouth, toward the inner cheek. May be mixed with breast milk or formula.” The company is recalling the product in order to relabel it with new instructions, advising parents to only administer the product by mixing in either breast milk or formula and not to administer directly into the infant’s mouth.

The ingredients in Baby Organic Liquid are safe for infants. The company’s concern leading to this recall arose after learning that a parent had difficulties with the safe administration of the product into a newborn’s mouth. While no hospitalizations or similar injuries have occurred, the company is taking this issue very seriously and taking all necessary precautions in an abundance of caution.

No other Garden of Life products are affected by this recall.

Questions may be directed Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT to GOL Retail Product Support Team at Babyorganics@gardenoflife.com or (866) 211-9058.

For more information, please visit the FDA


‚ÄčAugust 14, 2017 - MADHAVA Natural Sweeteners Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in its 13.8 oz. MMM... Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Madhava Natural Sweeteners of LONGMONT, CO is recalling its 13.8 oz. box of MMM... Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recall applies to all units of their MMM... Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, 13.8 oz. packages with the item UPC of 0 78314 25105 0. Product has been distributed nationally through retail channels.

The recall was initiated by Madhava after it was discovered that one ingredient in the chocolate chips may include a milk product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-530-2900. Monday — Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT

For more information, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm571348.htm

If you have purchased the product listed above, please return product to either North Coast Co-Op location for a full refund. Notifications of recall have been posted at point of sale, as well as our customer service desks. No Co-op members have purchased this item in the last 2 months (members who have purchased any recalled product are always notified). This product was available in both of our locations, and was present on the shelves.


July 5, 2017 - U.S. Voluntary Recall of CLIF BUILDER'S Bar Chocolate Mint Flavor, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Chip Flavors

EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 5 2017 – Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of CLIF® BUILDER'S® Bar Chocolate Mint flavor, and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Chip flavors due to possible presence of undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts and coconuts. Clif Bar & Company is taking this precautionary safety step for people who are allergic to peanuts and these listed tree nuts. People with an allergy to peanuts and these specific tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. The company is strongly advising consumers who have peanut and these specific tree nut allergies not to consume these bars.

For more information, visit FDA Safety Recalls.

Individuals who are not allergic to peanuts or these specific tree nuts may safely consume these products. 

ONLY products listed below with these specific UPC codes AND “best by” date range are impacted.

  • Builders Chocolate Mint 12CT, #160044, Unit UPC 7-22252-60144-5, Box UPC 7-22252-60044-8, Case UPC 00722252-60244-2
  • Builders Chocolate Mint 6PK, # 160852, Box UPC 7-22252-16852-8, Case UPC 00722252-60864-2
  • Zprotein Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip 5pk, Item # 191100, Unit UPC 7-22252-11190-6, Box UPC 7-22252-19110-6, Case UPC 00722252-10911-8
  • Zprotein Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint 5pk, # 191102, Unit UPC 7-22252-11192-0, Box UPC 7-22252-21911-4, Case UPC 00722252-12911-6

NO other Clif Bar & Company products, pack sizes, configurations, flavors or ‘Best By’ date codes are affected.

If you have purchased the product listed above, with corresponding the best by dates, please return product to either location for a full refund. Notification of recall have been posted at point of sale, as well as our customer service desks. Co-op members who have purchased this item in the last two months have been notified. This product was only available in both of our locations, and the dates recalled were present on the shelf.


[6/19/17] Epic Animal Oil Products -- All Production Dates and Flavors

EPIC Provisions announced today a voluntary recall involving all production dates and flavors of Epic Animal Oil products. This recall is being issued because of a production issue that has the potential to cause a food safety risk. Consumers are advised to destroy any products in their possession that are included in this recall.

Affected Varieties include:

  • Traditional Duck Fat 11oz UPC: 732153-02475
  • Cage Free Traditional Duck Fat 11oz UPC: 854660-00602
  • Pastured  Pork Lard / Fat 11oz UPC: 854660-00601
  • Grass Fed Beef Tallow 11oz UPC: 854660-00600
  • Berkshire Pork Fat 11oz UPC: 732153-02481

No other EPIC products are included in this recall. For consumer information, please call (844) 370-1971.

If you have purchased any of the products listed above, please return product to either North Coast Co-op location for a full refund. Notification of recall have been posted at point of sale, as well as our customer service desks. Co-op member-owners who have purchased these items in the last two months have been notified. 


[6/13/17] Natural Sea Cod Fish Sticks and Natural Sea Cod Fish Fillets

Natural Sea announced a voluntary recall for their cod fish sticks and fish fillets with the below lot codes due to the potential presence of undeclared milk:

  • NATURAL SEA COD FISH STICKS 8OZ, UPC 042563-00225

    LOT NUMBERS: 0026354130 / BEST BY JUN 19, 2018 - 0026354230 / BEST BY JUN 19, 2018

  • NATURAL SEA COD FISH FILLETS 8OZ, UPC 042563-00220

    LOT NUMBER: 0027061220 / BEST BY SEPT 02, 2018

North Coast Co-op did have the affected Cod Fish Sticks on our shelves, but did not have the affected Cod Fillets.

If you have purchased the product listed above, with corresponding best by dates and lot codes, please return product to either location for a full refund. Notification of recall have been posted at point of sale, as well as our customer service desks. Co-op member-owners who have purchased this item in the last month have been notified. This product was available in both of our locations.