According to a news alert from Food Science News today, August 13, 2014, one of the nations top suppliers of herbs and spices is recalling one of it most popular products, ground oregano. McCormick & Company distributes its products to all supermarket chains and big-box food retailers. It should be pointed out, this recall is only for their ground oregano and not any of their others products.
According to the new alert, McCormick is recalling the ground oregano due to fears it may be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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.
The potential risk was brought to McCormick’s attention by FDA during routine testing. This recall affects 1,032 cases that were shipped of the affected date codes.
McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption.
Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund or with general inquiries.
All states are affected by this recall as well as international destinations such as Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Jamaica, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Virgin Islands