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Frontier Co-op Initiates Voluntary Recall of Organic Hojicha Tea Due to Possible Health Risk

NORWAY, Iowa, May 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frontier Co-op is voluntarily recalling its Organic Hojicha Tea due to potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which 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), endocarditis and arthritis.

To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.

The recalled products were sold nationwide between the dates of December 13, 2014 – April 21, 2016. A list of affected product lots is listed below. On foil bulk packages, the four-digit lot code will follow the item number (#2920) on the front label directly above the UPC code.

BRAND: Frontier Co-op
ITEM NUMBER: 2920
AFFECTED LOTS: 4338, 5096, 5191, 5289, 6042
UPC: 0-89836-02920-1
SIZE: 1 lb. (16 oz.)

Product images are available here: http://www.frontiercoop.com/recall/docs/frontier-co-op-hojicha-tea-labels_20160510.pdf

The raw material received by Frontier Co-op, which tested positive for Salmonella is being recalled by our supplier. Given that Salmonella may be present, Frontier Co-op is immediately initiating this recall.

Consumers should not consume these products and should either throw away any remaining products or return to the point of purchase for a refund. Consumers may view the press release at: http://www.frontiercoop.com/recall.

Please contact Frontier Co-op 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.

Frontier Co-op™

Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Co-op offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic® and Aura Cacia® 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 Co-op's website at www.frontiercoop.com.

CONTACT: Anne Rierson Public Relations Manager anne.rierson@frontiercoop.com 319-227-7996 ext. 1163Source: Frontier Natural Products Co-op