While the majority of the products we sell are safe, occasionally companies must recall them. Recalls happen for a variety of reasons including contamination, unlisted ingredients, or safety issues. Below you will find current recalls for products carried by the Chequamegon Food Co-op.
Once a product is recalled, we immediately remove it from our shelves and contact anyone who has purchased the product (if possible). We keep this page up-to-date and also post recalls on the Member Information bulletin board at the store. Please contact us if you have information about a recalled product not listed on this page or have questions about recalled products.
- March 7, 2023 – Better Being Allergy Nasal Spray: Voluntary recall initiated due to potentially sub-potent epinephrine, which makes up less than 0.0001% of the product. Lot codes: 221263, 222047, 222048, 222099, and 222100.
- January 1, 2023 – Market Withdrawal Zand Vitamin C Lozenges – Best by date: 4/2025; We have determined that we are not satisfied with the quality of the product, and event though it impacts a limited number of packers, we have decided to withdraw the products. We have not received any report of injury or illness and there are no safety concerns.
- December 23, 2022 – NOT A RECALL, but a health concern fyi – Consumer Reports have found high levels of lead and cadmium heavy metals in some dark chocolate. Chocolates we carry that could be harmful for an adult to ingest more than 1 oz. of daily. Equal Exchange Organic Extra Dark 80%, Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Classic Blackout 85%, Tony’s Chocolonely [Extra] Dark Chocolate 70%, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70%, Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate 70%, Hu Organic Simple Dark Chocolate 70%, Endangered Species Bold and Silky Dark Chocolate 72%, Chocolove Extreme Dark Chocolate 88%, Lily’s Extremely Dark chocolate 85% Cocoa, The organic Pure Dark 70% Cocoa, and Theo Organic Extra Dark Pure Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa. Consumer Reports recommends that until the cacao industry takes action you can reduce your consumption, consume dark chocolates that were below levels of concern, consume chocolate with lower cocoa levels, and/or make sure you eat a varied diet.
- December 23, 2022 – Alpha Foods Burritos – Alpha Foods is initiating a voluntary recall of the following products due to traces of undeclared milk (Casein – a milk protein) found in the product. Chik’n Fajita Burritos with expiration dates of 3/15/2024, 4/13/2024, and 4/19/2024 and Pizza Burritos with the expiration date of 4/14/2024.
- November 11, 2022 – Heritage Meats Update: MADISON, Wis. — Heritage Meats in Butternut, Wis., is issuing a voluntary Class I recall of packaged meats and poultry sold wholesale, at retail, and provided as a custom service to individuals in the Ashland County area. The recalled product carries a mark of inspection with establishment No. 232 and includes:
- Seasoned raw ground beef, pork, lamb or poultry
- Raw ground beef, pork, lamb or poultry
- Marinated raw cuts of beef, pork, lamb or poultry
- Seasoned raw cuts of beef, pork, lamb or poultry
- Raw cuts of beef, pork, lamb or poultry
These recalled raw products were manufactured at Heritage Meats on 11/3/21, 2/15/22, 2/16/22, 2/22/22, 2/25/22, 5/29/22, 6/3/22, 6/24/22, 6/30/22, 7/7/22, 7/11/22, 7/19/22, 7/20/22, 7/22/22, 7/29/22, 8/2/22, 8/3/22, 8/4/22, 8/8/22, 8/9/22, 9/7/22, 9/8/22 and 10/12/22 and could be beef, pork, lamb or chicken. Production dates (e.g., 2/15/22) may appear as pack dates (e.g., 02152022) on labels. If no date is present, the product should be considered as part of the recall.
Products may be branded as South Shore Meats, Heritage Meats or Heritage Acres. Products could have been purchased during these timeframes through Northland College, Bayfield Food Cooperative, Chequamegon Food Co-op and Heritage Meats.
This is a Class I recall, initiated based on evidence collected during a routine inspection by state inspectors. Evidence shows that the products were misbranded and produced without the benefit of inspection. More information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recall classifications is available below and on USDA’s website at www.fsis.usda.gov.
No illnesses have been reported as a result of consuming these products. Anyone with signs or symptoms of a foodborne illness should contact their doctor. Consumers who have these products can discard them. Consumers and media with questions about this recall can contact Travis Pydo, Heritage Meats, at (715) 360-3427.
- November 6, 2022 – Heritage Meats
“I would like to address the voluntary recall that was recently issued. First and foremost I want to emphasize that all products are 100% food safe! In fact, the recall has absolutely NOTHING to do with food safety. It is based solely on the fact that our staff was checking and recording the temperature of meat products before 8am. We have the times, temperatures, testing, and verification documents and procedures to ensure its integrity.To be more specific DATCP personnel generally make an appearance at our facility on a daily basis to make sure we operating in a safe manner to ensure our products integrity. Some days they do not show up at all. Some days they show up after production is done for the day. But regulation says they have to have the opportunity to be present. By starting before 8am they did not have that opportunity. Therefore, a recall was issued.We strive to provide the highest level of customer service and quality products you can recieve. Our moto has always been quality not quantity.As we have seen in the recent past we can not count on commercial agriculture and its systems to fulfill our needs. At a time when small businesses have become ever more important it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain our sustainability. It is truly disappointing that a more reasonable approach could not have been taken.I thank all of you for your support and business. If you have further questions or concerns feel free to contact me.” – Travis Pydo of Heritage Meats
- October 4, 2022 – Old Europe Cheese: Brie and Camembert Cheese – Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is issuing a voluntary recall of its Brie and Camembert cheeses because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. The products being recalled are marked with Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022. The co-op was carrying Reny Picot Brie under this distributor.
- May 15, 2022 – Wisco Pop! –Wisco Pop! announced today that it is voluntarily recalling its soda cans after discovering stray wild yeast in some of the cans. This yeast, particularly when warm, may begin fermenting and cause over-carbonation of the cans and the risk of cans bursting open. This may cause injury. The recall involves all cans, all existing lots of all four Wisco Pop soda flavors – strawberry, grapefruit, cherry and ginger. These cans of soda have only been produced in March and April 2022 so all date-codes will be from March and April 2022. This recall does not include previously bottled product or any Sparkle sparkling water product.
- July 21, 2021 – Grimmway Farms – Grimmway Farms had voluntarily issued a recall of certain carrot products because they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Products affected by this include Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots from Bunny Luv with best if used by dates from August 17th, 2021 – August 20th, 2021.
- May 20, 2021 – Seed Savers Genovese Basil Please be advised that there was an error in seed packed in certain lots of Genovese Basil (0271A) that may have impacted your order with Seed Savers Exchange. Specifically, some packets of Genovese Basil (0271A) may have been filled with the incorrect seed. Our local transplant grower recently alerted us that it appears the Genovese Basil may also contain another Basil (based on photos it appears to be Globe Basil) mixed in.
- March 23, 2021 – Bobos Oat Bars Maple Pecan – This recall has been initiated due to undeclared peanuts. Consumption of this produce may cause an allergic reaction to those allergic to peanuts. Products affected by this recall have the best by dates 7/30/21 or 7/31/21.
- October 16, 2020 – Back to Nature Rosemary Crackers – Calling a voluntary recall for a allergen hazard of peanuts. Sell by date: APR 25 2021
- September 15, 2020 – CoolHaus Awesome Icecream “That Dough Though Ice Cream Sandwich” – with the following “Best By” dates:
• 08/19/2021; 10/15/2021; 10/01/2021; 01/09/2022; 10/14/2021; 01/10/2022 This voluntary recall is due to an undeclared allergen, soy. The Class II recall is currently limited to the Coolhaus That Dough Though Ice Cream Sandwich SKU and the Best By dates mentioned above. The voluntary recall does not extend to other Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches or other Coolhaus products.
- August 6, 2020 – Red Onions NOT RECALLED. We have had a few calls about a red onion recall, and the co-op is happy to say that since our onions are organic, our onions are not affected by this.
- November 9, 2018 – Lotus Foods Rice Ramen Noodle Soup in three flavors: Tom Yum, Masala Curry, and Red Miso – A method for preparation includes microwave; however, the packaging is not microwave-safe. There is no hazard with respect to the noodles or soup packet in the noodle cup. Consumers should not microwave the noodle cups. More info at Lotus Foods website.
- December 8, 2017 – Rapunzel No Added Salt Vegetable Bouillon – Rapunzel recalls No Added Sale Vegetable Bouillon due to incorrect label. Product should be discarded.
- October 31, 2017 – Woodstock Dark Chocolate Ginger – Woodstock recalls Dark Chocolate Ginger which may contain an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or sever sensitivity to milk allergen run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
- July 6, 2017 – Clif Bar & Company Builder’s Protein – Chocolate Mint flavor – Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of CLIF® BUILDER’S® Bar Chocolate Mint flavor, and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein 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. Find the full recall information at the FDA Recall website.
- November 20, 2018 – The CDC and FDA have issued a warning that romaine lettuce may be contaminated with E. coli. The departments took the unusual step of requesting that ALL romaine lettuce be removed from store shelves and consumers discard it because they cannot pinpoint the source. We have removed all romaine, salad mixes containing romaine, and deli items made with romaine. Read the full advisory message.