Memo from Eden Foods

Posted on April 15th, 2011 by Gavin | Posted in Notes & News

Eden Foods is one of the natural foods industry’s important suppliers of traditional Japanese food products. They released a memo on Thursday outlining the steps they’ve taken to ensure that their products are not being affected by the ongoing situation at the nuclear reactor in Japan.

We’ve uploaded the memo to our server for our customers to read. You can find a PDF copy of the memo here.

Comments

Catherine Straus

Comment left on: April 23rd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Is this the same company that is mentioned in this petition?
http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/eden_foods_birth_control_lawsuit?referring_akid=409.467981.NCucDo&source=facebook
Are you displaying their boxes that have stickers saying “Obama, stay out of our bedrooms”? I vote with my dollars now, and i encourage everyone to do the same, retail and wholesale level. I would hate to see you supporting a company who’s CEO, Michael says,
“these procedures [birth control] almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.”

Gavin

Comment left on: April 23rd, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hi Catherine, Thanks for the comment. 🙂

This is from Ben, our Grocery Buyer:

Eden is a brand that has been around for a long time, and they have an excellent reputation when it comes to quality. They specialize in traditional Japanese items, but also have a wide range of other products, including soymilk, juice, and jarred tomatoes. Part of the reason for their excellence is that their owner and founder, Michael Potter, has long cultivated a reputation for intransigence and stubbornness. When the USDA created the National Organics Program,Eden decided to get certified by not just one but two organic certifiers — but not put the USDA Organic seal on their label. When people began raising concerns about BPA in plastics containers and can linings, most companies responded by using other plasticizers like BPS which, it appears, are at least as problematic as BPA — Eden, on the other hand, released a new line of tomatoes packed in glass jars to avoid the problem of plastics altogether. So while we find Eden’s current lawsuit troubling, we don’t find it particularly surprising. It’s another example of Potter exercising his prerogative to do what he believes in over what might be best for their bottom line.

The images attached to the Salon.com article were photoshopped: you won’t find the “Stop Birth Control” or “Keep Obama out of our Bedrooms” stickers on any of their products. If such stickers were to appear, they would certainly not be displayed on our shelves.

LifeSource does not condone or support Edens’ lawsuit. Generally speaking, LifeSource will only get involved in political actions if they’re directly related to food politics (such as organic and GMO labeling), so we’re not planning on taking any action at this point, particularly given the quality and integrity of Eden products. If you’re comfortable doing so, we’d encourage you to contact Eden directly and let them know your feelings … they’ve been getting a lot of comments from customers who are disturbed and offended by their stance.

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