Nutmeg Recall Adds to Fear Factor

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Teens are using nutmeg to get high by smoking, snorting, drinking and eating it. Now a nutmeg recall has people pausing before adding the spice to their holiday eggnog. Consumers are checking cabinets to ensure their safety.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, currently two brands of nutmeg have been recalled. Sold under the Frontier brand and Whole Foods Market brand, the spice may have been contaminated with salmonella.

The affected products including Frontier Bulk Nutmeg Ground, 16.00 oz., UPC Code 0-89836-00165-8, Lot Code 0306 and Whole Foods 365 Nutmeg Ground, 1.92 oz., UPC Code 0-99482-41931-8, Lot Code 0321.

On the Frontier bulk package, consumers will find the lot code on the front label above the UPC code. Lots codes on bottled glass items are located on the bottom of the bottle.

Fox News reports the FDA website advised, “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.”

At this time, reports there are no illnesses associated with the recalled nutmeg products. Consumers are advised not to consume the products. For questions or reimbursement, contact Frontier at 1-800-669-3275 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time on Monday through Friday. For a Whole Foods product, contact the local store.

The nutmeg recall applies to 50 states as well as some areas of Canada. Images of the recalled products can be seen at

With a nutmeg recall, it is even more inadvisable for people to attempt a nutmeg high.

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