Before taking a sip of that eggnog while you cozy up to the fire, you may want to check the spice cabinet first.
Two major brands -- Frontier Brand Nutmeg (sold in 16-oz. bulk packages) and Whole Foods 365 Brand Nutmeg (1.92-oz. package) -- have issued a recall on their nutmeg.
According to the FDA press release:
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.
Well that doesn't sound like a pleasant way to spend the holidays. However, it does give us a solution for handling annoying in-laws. Just a little slip of the wrong nutmeg jar ... I kid, I kid!
So what now? Are we forced to have an eggnog-less holiday season?
Thank goodness we don't, as they've already taken the bad nutmeg off the shelves and replaced them with ones lacking in salmonella. But you do need to take a quick look at the spice rack. If it's worth it to you to deal with customer service, which honestly, a $4 bottle of spice isn't to me (I hate phone calls), you can call 800-669-3275 for info on replacements or reimbursements on weekdays between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the Frontier Brand. For the Whole Foods brand, just contact your local store for reimbursement.
It couldn't have come at a worst time either. Sure it's easily replaceable, but we can only hope that Grandma checked her nutmeg before making her famous pumpkin pie. Actually, you may just want to pass this to all of your friends and family so you can be sure they've been warned. I know I have a bad habit of not checking recalls, so if it wasn't for writing this article, I would have totally been serving up salmonella eggnog at my holiday get-together in a couple of weeks. Learn from my almost mistakes, folks!
Does this nutmeg recall affect you?
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