If you often cook with spices or seasoning, you may want to take notice of this recent health alert. McCormick & Co. has chosen to recall 1,032 cases of their ground oregano for fear that it may contain Salmonella.
The decision follows a routine test performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which found the potential contamination. The recall is for the 0.75 oz bottles that have been sold in nearly every state including Pennsylvania. McCormick has since notified both customers and grocery outlets about the affected bottles, which are labeled with "best-by" dates of August 21, 2016 and August 22, 2016. Consumers are also being asked to throw the product away instead of returning it to the store.
Though spices may seem like an unlikely target for Salmonella contamination, several recent spice recalls including Sunfood's Organic Carob Powder and a brand of paprika powder are proving otherwise. The largest recall in recent months may be Costco's ground black pepper, which sent out a warning to approximately 135,000 members in June.
Salmonella is a bacterium known for causing foodborne illnesses, and affects roughly 1.2 million people in the United States every year. For more information about Salmonella, its symptoms, and what to do if you believe you were sickened by the bacterium, visit our page dedicated to Salmonella food poisoning.
Companies and manufacturers are supposed to make sure their products are safe for consumption before they are released onto the market. Sometimes however, news of a recall or potential safety hazard doesn't reach you fast enough. If you've been sickened by a contaminated product, you may have a case.
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