Prompted by a recall from its supplier Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Frontier Natural Products Co-op is recalling ground nutmeg sold nationally (in all 50 states) under two labels because of possible salmonella contamination.
While no illnesses have been reported, according to the Food and Drug Administration, "consumption of products containing Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms) endocarditic and arthritis."
The nutmeg recall includes non-organic ground nutmeg described as follows:
16 oz. Frontier Bulk ground nutmeg with UPC 0-89836-00165-8 and Lot Code 0306 (found above UPC code)
1.92 oz. Whole Foods 365 ground nutmeg with UPC 0-99482-41931-8 and Lot Code0321 (found on bottom of bottle)
For replacement or reimbursement, contact Frontier at 800-669-3275, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. If you purchased recalled Whole Foods ground nutmeg, contact your local store.
No other brands of nutmeg should be affected, since Mincing Overseas Spice Company sold the contaminated lot of nutmeg only to Frontier, Mincing president Manoj Ruparelia told The Daily Green. The nutmeg came from Indonesia but was sterilized in New Jersey, he said, and the company is still trying to figure out how it became contaminated.
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