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Frontier Natural Products Co-op Initiates Voluntary Class 1 Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from Organic Black Peppercorns

Norway, Iowa (April 4, 2014) — Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic black peppercorns that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value, Nature‚Äôs Place and others due to potential Salmonella contamination. To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.

While the product in question was steam pasteurized at the source and tested negative for Salmonella by Frontier Natural Products Co-op, there is a small risk that Salmonella may still be present based on a positive, random test that was recently conducted. Frontier Natural Products Co-op is immediately initiating added precautions to the safety of the supply chain to mitigate any future occurrence.

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 organic black peppercorn:

BrandFull Product NameSize/WeightUPC CodeLot Code
FrontierPeppercorns Black Whole Black Organic2.12oz0-89836-18435-13246, 3288
FrontierPeppercorns Black Whole Black Organic25lbs0-89836-82603-93226, 3288
FrontierPeppercorns Black Whole Black Organic16oz0-89836-02603-33256
Nature's PlaceBlack Peppercorn Whole Organic2.26oz7-25439-95273-63232
MeijerPeppercorns Black Organic2.26oz7-13733-78173-23233, 3280
SproutsPeppercorns Black Whole Organic2.12oz8-74875-00425-43246, 3287
Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value365 Organic Peppercorns, Black Whole2.12oz0-99482-44563-83246, 3287
Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value365 Peppercorns, Black Whole1.87oz0-99482-44497-63287
Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value365 Value Size Peppercorns, Black Whole8.08oz0-99482-44511-93260, 3267
Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value365 Organic Black Peppercorns2.12oz0-99482-73914-03247
Simply OrganicBlack Pepper Grinder75grams0-89836-19218-93260
Simply OrganicBlack Peppercorns Organic75grams0-89836-19210-33221, 3262, 3294
Simply OrganicBlack Pepper Whole Organic2.65oz0-89836-18524-23221, 3262
Simply OrganicDaily Grind, Certified Organic2.65oz0-89836-18263-03261

On foil bulk packages, the lot codes will be found on the front label directly above the UPC code. On bottled glass and plastic items, the lot codes can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op 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 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time.

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