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Recall of soups made by SOUPERB


We would like to address the recent news reports regarding a voluntary recall of SOUPERB soups. We have determined that our method of processing our soups and sauces in high-pressure sealed glass jars does not fall into compliance with the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture’s Consumer Services regulations, and have pulled all of our products from area retailers and farmers markets. There have been no reports of health issues or returns related to SOUPERB, but we will no longer be producing and processing our products in this method. We will continue to offer our full range of soups, sauces and entrees in refrigerated and/or frozen formats. We urge all customers who have unopened jars of Souperb products to either return them to us for a full refund or to destroy them immediately.

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UnionMeetsChurch 08/01/2014 at 10:27 PM


Keith West 08/02/2014 at 8:41 AM

Take a deep breath people. Not being in compliance with bureaucratic rules is not the same thing as a health risk. All the world eats cheese made with unpasteurized milk, yet our FDA deems that too dangerous for our fragile selves. Next time you’re in Europe wondering why American food seems bland, thank your politicians.

katzenjaammer 08/02/2014 at 8:57 AM

Good post Keith. Let calm heads prevail.

Souperb has been selling their soups retail for a while….they are delicious and very convenient. Try to be a little supportive! They just got here and we want them to stay.

Alex Weinstein 08/02/2014 at 9:07 AM

Hmmmm. Lets see… many centuries has canning in this method been around……and how many years have refrigerators been around?????

We support Souperbs great product

Mike 08/02/2014 at 10:33 AM

In support of #’s 6, 7 & 8

As someone very close to a small business owner here in our great neighborhood, I ask that you pause & reflect before commenting on this story. The endless hard work, passion, and real emotional (& $$$) investment that goes into (trying to) “make your dream a reality” *cannot* be overstated. Please carefully consider this before making a knee-jerk &/or damning comments. Unfortunately, our local media has already (par for the course) over-sensationalized this report in the usual bid to secure viewership.
Support your Local Small Business Owner’s through thick & thin, and we’ll all reap the rewards.

MichelleH 08/02/2014 at 11:28 AM

@6, 7 and 8, I couldn’t agree more! Let’s keep supporting our Church Hill small businesses!

ann 08/02/2014 at 11:46 AM

Some good posts here about a very sad – for the business owner, particularly – situation. Probably a good thing that Virginia’s Department of Agriculture wasn’t around when people first settled in Virginia, because a lot of us wouldn’t be here: our ancestors would have starved to death. They wouldn’t have been allowed to barter, buy, or trade for home canned food or raw milk or unpasteurized honey. Canning, whether by hot water bath or under pressure, is older than the nanny state. Some of us still do preserve what our gardens produce this way, ending up with the makings of meals that stay safe for years, even when electrical problems knock out freezers for days at a time. I wouldn’t hesitate to eat Souperb’s soups, but it seems as though that’s no longer a choice I have.

ann 08/02/2014 at 11:49 AM Reply
Liv Glavé 08/02/2014 at 11:59 AM

Souperb sells great products and I will continue to support them. I appreciate their honesty and forthrightness in dealing with this issue. Keep up the good work.

Eric S. Huffstutler 08/02/2014 at 1:01 PM

I too appreciate the efforts that this business has put forth in making things right. Yes, canning has been around for many years but we live in a world where people are hypersensitive to various things. Allergies seem to run rampant. And more and more people are becoming germaphobes. When you run a business dealing with food you have to take it all into consideration. What is safe for some may not be for others.

Neighbor 08/02/2014 at 10:53 PM

She just has to comply with the regulations, and all will be good. I hope it’s just a minor speed bump for her.

Janice Spangenburg 08/02/2014 at 11:23 PM

I agree with everyone and the honesty by Diane and team is what makes things better. This business is going to go forward and hat’s off to you all.

Lee 08/03/2014 at 12:14 PM

Maybe, the best thing everyone can do for this business is simply not take the product back for the refund? I mean, if they aren’t that expensive, and your ARE worried about food safety, then cut your losses and chuck it? Save them the hardship of refunding, and just avoid all the hassle.

(I however, would just eat my soup! I used to work in a small grocery and I would take all the “expired” sauces, canned goods, and soups home. And sometimes store them even longer still before eating them. Never did me any harm…)

crd 08/03/2014 at 1:01 PM

@17 Lee, I already ate the Brunswick stew a week or so ago.

Eric S. Huffstutler 08/03/2014 at 2:01 PM

Lee, my partner helped out one day at the Food Bank and learned that products that have a “Best By” date can last for years on the shelf after the date. I will not eat it but know those who do.

Never eat anything past the “Use By” dates, which is different.

Gordo 08/04/2014 at 10:16 AM

Why wasnt this issue caught in planning stage? If it is a health code issue, and the code hasnt changed since the place opened, shouldnt it have been found prior to opening?

Neighbors Too 08/04/2014 at 12:49 PM

Gordo, good point!

katzenjaammer 08/04/2014 at 3:56 PM

#17 Lee, you are my kind of guy. LOL. But I also decided, as you suggested, to not go back and ask them to take a loss. I ate mine yesterday and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Diana 08/06/2014 at 6:25 PM

If the soup scars you, and it shouldn’t, get some of her chicken salad. Best I ever had! She also sells other non soup items. Supporting a local business means actually going there and purchasing.

Justin 08/22/2014 at 1:13 PM

So, it looks like this knocked them out of business? Store looked vacant and sign is gone when I drove by :-/


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