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


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’s 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:

Brand Full Product Name Size/Weight UPC Code Lot Code

Frontier Peppercorns Black Whole Black Organic 2.12oz 0-89836-18435-1 3246, 3288

Frontier Peppercorns Black Whole Black Organic 25lbs 0-89836-82603-9 3226, 3288

Frontier Peppercorns Black Whole Black Organic 16oz 0-89836-02603-3 3256

Nature's Place Black Peppercorn Whole Organic 2.26oz 7-25439-95273-6 3232

Meijer Peppercorns Black Organic 2.26oz 7-13733-78173-2 3233, 3280

Sprouts Peppercorns Black Whole Organic 2.12oz 8-74875-00425-4 3246, 3287

Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value 365 Organic Peppercorns, Black Whole 2.12oz 0-99482-44563-8 3246, 3287

Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value 365 Peppercorns, Black Whole 1.87oz 0-99482-44497-6 3287

Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value 365 Value Size Peppercorns, Black Whole 8.08oz 0-99482-44511-9 3260, 3267

Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value 365 Organic Black Peppercorns 2.12oz 0-99482-73914-0 3247

Simply Organic Black Pepper Grinder 75grams 0-89836-19218-9 3260

Simply Organic Black Peppercorns Organic 75grams 0-89836-19210-3 3221, 3262, 3294

Simply Organic Black Pepper Whole Organic 2.65oz 0-89836-18524-2 3221, 3262

Simply Organic Daily Grind, Certified Organic 2.65oz 0-89836-18263-0 3261

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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Frontier® Natural Products Co-op

Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at

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