TOPEKA (KSNT) – The number of organic food recalls are rising this year.
They’re up almost five percent compared to the 2014 numbers.
The Organic Trade Association disputes the numbers saying the rise in recalls is because more people are buying organic food.
But the effects of a recall could be felt by local farmers that are not growing organic produce.
Britt’s Farms, on the largest producers of locally grown food in the area, said a recall could effect their bottom line.
“It would be not, not very good at all. It would be devastating for that year probably,” said Angela Britt, co-owner of the family farm.
Britt and her husband take produce to farmer’s markets in the area as well as sell to stores like Hy-Vee.
If the farm did fall under a recall, they could have to destroy an entire crop. As of Saturday, food from the generations-old farm has never been the subject of a recall.
But that good fortune does not mean the family is unprepared.
“We certainly don’t want anybody getting sick,” Britt said.
The family said if there was a recall, they’d call their buyers, post a notice on social media and on the doors of the store, alert farmer’s markets then proceed with instructions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.