Nutty Nutmeg Recall

Frontier Natural Products Co-op recalls nutmeg, fearing salmonella

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

In response to a recall commenced by its supplier (Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Dayton, New Jersey), Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling two products manufactured with non-organic nutmeg.

The products were sold under the Frontier brand and under the Whole Foods Market brand listed below that contain nutmeg supplied by Mincing Overseas Spice Company. The nutmeg has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

"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."

Recalled products were sold in all 50 states and in some parts of Canada to distributors, retailers and consumers. Below is the list of products containing the nutmeg:

    Frontier Bulk Product    
Brand Full Product Name Size/Weight UPC Code Lot Code
Frontier Bulk Nutmeg Ground 16.00 oz. 0-89836-00165-8 0306


    Frontier Bulk Product    
Brand Full Product Name Size/Weight UPC Code Lot Code
Whole Foods 365 Nutmeg Ground 1.92 oz. 0-99482-41931-8 0321


On the bulk package, the lot code will be found on the front label directly above the UPC code. On the bottled glass item the lot codes can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

No illnesses have been associated with these Frontier or Whole Foods Market products but proceed to the FDA web-site ( for updated information.

Frontier is initiating recall notices to our accounts who received any of the above recalled products with instructions for returning or destroying the recalled products and for notifying their customers of the recall. Consumers should not consume these products.  Please contact Frontier with any questions or to inquire about replacement or reimbursement at 1-800-669-3275. Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm Central time.  If you have a Whole Foods item please contact your local store. Images of the products above can be seen by going to the following link:

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Review Date: 
December 1, 2010
Last Updated:
August 20, 2012