Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 12, 2010 20:45 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Various Frontier Brand & Whole Foods Market Brand Seasonings and Spices May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume various Frontier brand and Whole Foods Market brand seasonings and spices described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following seasoning and spices, manufactured by Frontier Natural Products Co-op, Norway, Iowa, USA, are affected by this alert. These products contain black pepper which has been recalled by Mincing Overseas Spice Company of Dayton, New Jersey, USA because of possible contamination with Salmonella.

Brand Product Size UPC Lot code
Frontier Curry Powder 453 g 0 89836 00139 9 0007 0029 9350 9351
Frontier Black Pepper Coarse Grind 454 g 0 89836 00181 8 9327 9357
Frontier Peppercorns Black Whole L/M 454 g 0 89836 00183 2 9299 9306 9357
Whole Foods Market  365 Asian Seafood Seasoning 4.62 oz. 131 g 0 99482 72683 6 0029
Whole Foods Market  365 Mediterranean Seafood Seasoning 4.23 oz. 120 g 0 99482 72687 4 0029
Whole Foods Market  365 Mediterranean Rotisserie Seasoning 4.73 oz. 134 g 0 99482 72684 3 0021 0029 9362
Whole Foods Market  365 Toronto Steak & Chicken Rub 4.76 oz. 135 g 0 99482 72686 7 0028 9338 9356

These products may have been distributed nationally. Pictures of the products are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cfia-0312.pdf

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a food borne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/salmonellae.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit our web site at: www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600