Consumers baking up holiday cookies and pies will want to be sure their recipe doesn’t call for a certain brand of nutmeg that has been recalled for Salmonella contamination.
Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Frontier Natural Products Co-op is recalling ground nutmeg sold nationally. 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)
No illnesses have been reported from the contaminated seasoning so far, but the foodborne illness pathogen can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
As a Seattle foodborne illness attorney, I advise anyone who has the seasoning to throw it out or return it immediately. A Salmonella food poisoning infection is potentially life-threatening and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 7-8 hours after infection. Symptoms may be more severe in young and elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.
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.