Yesterday, Frontier Natural Products Co-op voluntarily recalled two products manufactured with non-organic nutmeg that were sold under the Frontier brand and under the Whole Foods Market brand listed below. The products are potentially contaminated by Salmonella. They contain nutmeg supplied by Mincing Overseas Spice Company, a New Jersey company that apparently has itself recalled the nutmeg product that it distributed (although I can’t find any recall notice on the FDA or Mincing’s website).
The recalled products are Frontier Bulk Nutmeg Ground 16.00 oz. 0-89836-00165-8 0306 and Whole Foods 365 Nutmeg Ground 1.92 oz. 0-99482-41931-8 0321
Earlier this year, Mincing Overseas Spice Company recalled contaminated black pepper that was used by Daniele to produce salami products that were associated with a large multistate outbreak of Salmonella montevideo and senftenberg. At least 272 people were sickened in that outbreak between July 2009 and April 2010. No word yet which strain of salmonella was responsible for yesterday’s recall, or Mincing’s recent recall (referenced in Frontier’s recall notice). Is it montevideo or senftenberg; or does this recent recall represent another contamination event entirely? Is it time for Mincing to begin selling only irradiated spices? The other spice supplier involved in the earlier Salmonella montevideo/senftenberg outbreak (Wholesome Spice Company) switched to selling only irradiated pepper.