All equipment and production space in our Co-op facilities is shared and common allergens (nuts, soy, wheat, dairy, eggs) are used daily in our delis and kitchen. We cannot guarantee that cross-contamination can be completely avoided in our prepared foods, bulk, or Co-op pre-packaged bulk items. We are happy to do our best to accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions within our standard operating procedures, and certain bulk items may be special ordered in volume upon request to avoid cross contamination. If you have a serious food allergy, please be advised of this and act accordingly.
Cornucopia Institute Scorecards
Cornucopia Institute produces information about eggs and soy for consumers to use to make positive food choices. We provide links to these scorecards as an educational service to our Owners. Our Co-op features several of the soy products and brands which received complimentary ratings and we also offer some of the lowest-rated products. Your purchasing power is important: we carry products our Owners and other customers purchase. We do make changes to products we carry based on what you purchase and your feedback.
We were pleased in late May to receive the much-anticipated Cornucopia Institute Soy Scorecard(link is external)
. The Cooperative is already featuring several of the products and brands which received complimentary ratings. We are also offering some of the lowest-rated products. Our thanks go to Cornucopia for providing more information for our owners to use in determining their food choices. As with any product in our Cooperative, we are again reminding Owners that the Cooperative is here to be of service to them and provide only those products they continue to purchase. If, after continuing to publish and promote this new information, we find our Owners are continuing to buy some or all of those products with low ratings, we will assume that there are other characteristics about those products that are still appealing and keep them on our shelves. As with all aspects of the Co-op, the decision is ultimately in the hands of our Owners
The Cornucopia Institute’s report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture, rates companies that market name-brand and private-label organic “shell” eggs based on 22 criteria that are important to organic consumers. The highest rated brand we carry is New Century Farm eggs, with a "4 egg" rating. There are three Wisconsin brands with a "5 egg" rating, but currently these farmers don't have enough eggs to meet the demand of our customers. If they do in the future, we will try to bring them in.