Check Your Spice Rack: Oregano Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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McCormick oregano
McCormick & Co.
McCormick & Co., one of the best known names in the spice business, is recalling a batch of ground oregano because it might be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

The recall involves small containers (0.75 ounce size) of McCormick ground oregano with a UPC code on the label of 0-523561-6 and was "Best By" dates of Aug. 21, 2016 and Aug. 22, 2016. They appear on the labels with this code: "BEST BY AUG 21 16 H" and "BEST BY AUG 22 16 H."

McCormick (MKC) said the recall is limited to those specific containers, which were shipped in 1,032 cases to 41 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and several countries. The oregano was shipped between April 4 and Aug. 5.

Salmonella bacteria can make anyone sick, but the illness is particularly dangerous to young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. And even a healthy person who gets infected with the organism is likely to have a fever and suffer abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The FDA said it has not received any reports of consumers getting sick from the oregano.

The contamination was discovered by the FDA during routine testing. McCormick said grocery stores have been notified to remove the products from their shelves and distribution centers and destroy them.

If you have the recalled oregano, you're urged to get rid of it and the container, and contact McCormick at 1-800-632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time to get a replacement, a refund or ask any questions. You don't need to return it to the store where you purchased it.


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KendrarainbowFrickin

Hmmmm....All I can really say is, thank 'god' my company is regulated (for lack of a better word), by the USDA, and NOT the FDA...I have an inspector in my plant (high end, pork processing plant in Iowa) EVERYDAY that we are operating. The companies regulated by the FDA do NOT get tested/visited nearly that much! I've heard of some FDA companies who don't see an inspector for up to 3 years! No wonder why this specific product was able to ship out from April-August before anyone tested it!! Salmonella is a bacteria that can be found almost ANYWHERE! Be smart with your food. Don't leave food out to get warm, when it should be cold. Cook meat thoroughly. Clean ALL vegetables and fruits. Buy certified organic when you can.

August 16 2014 at 4:09 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
pmbalele

TPs and Repubs are responsible for Salmonella. These have cut funds for inspection at plants and factories - in the name of deficit reduction. These morons were after slushing funds for VA hospitals until somebody blew the whistle. TPs and Repubs want us all dead. Please don't vote for them in November. Let them go and live with their mothers and fathers and I hope they get along.

August 16 2014 at 1:59 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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gee.effwye

Amd somehow we.spend more money each year than the previous....you're an idiot.

August 16 2014 at 1:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
progressivehoax

Do you have sh!t for brains?

August 18 2014 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joycene

How about if these companies do their "routine testing" before they ship their products halfway around the world and make a lot of money from it??!

August 16 2014 at 12:03 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
brownfamily962

oregano is an herb, not a spice

August 16 2014 at 12:03 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ronnie

WHAT ABOUT THE ITALION SEASEN THE MAKE THERES OREGENO IN THAT AS WELL AND THE RESERUNTS THAT SERVE ITALIN FOOD THEY USE IT TOO

August 15 2014 at 6:05 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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gee.effwye

What about a GED?

August 16 2014 at 1:18 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Annika

Wow, I've been using their spices for decades and never had an issue, but I suppose it can happen.

August 15 2014 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Linda

If any of this is coming from China dump it fast and warn everyone avoid anything and all foods from China. They are so bad there and filthy conditions where food is made and processed. Our country is destroying its own people by sending things to China to mess with then back here to sell. Now kids are being fed all kinds of bad chicken for schools, fast food restaurants and other places. I demand to know where my food comes from or I refuse to buy it. I avoid chicken now, all pork as the USA is sending it to China to be handed and then back here and that is why everyone is getting sick and also killing our pets with bad tainted dog food and treats. We need to go after these people here who are allowing this and doing nothing about it.

August 15 2014 at 7:42 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Oscar

Probably Ill documented aliens with their usual bathroom habits spreading the disease around just to share it.

August 15 2014 at 3:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Dans AOL

Oscar, I used to pull a lot of McCormick spice loads out of Iowa just north of Des Moins, The only people I ever saw working in their spice plants were Americans Naturalized or born in this Country, but if you want to see Illeagles go to one of any Tysons Meat Plants including IBF, Spring Hill Turkey, and the many other meat companys they bought out that had good union paying jobs, excellent sanatary conditions, and in the rest rooms they had one of the senior'employee's who was to old to work the lines but too young to retire making sure the employees scrubbed hand and arms up to their elbows before they were allowedback on the floor. Tyson came and the unions and the good pay went away.

August 15 2014 at 9:06 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Henry

"The contamination was discovered by the FDA " Hey all you Reganomics, deregulation, Right Wing Teapublicans... Get your heads out of your Arses and realize that Corporations(CEO's) will NOT police themselves and could care less how many people they kill with tainted, bad, defective products. What amazes me even more is you are taking away the right to legal redress in the Judicial System by forcing Consumers to sign Arbitration Clauses when purchasing a service or product so that Corporations and Insurance Companies, aka-Wall Street, won't be forced to pay for their mistakes. How disgusting you are!

August 15 2014 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gee.effwye

Now let's count how many voluntary recalls there have been that the FDA has missed.

August 15 2014 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gee.effwye

Who is being foced to sign contracts and disclaimers?

August 15 2014 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pearl

My oregano is so old it could vote. i, don't cook anymore

August 15 2014 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kpollis

I am from Baltimore, that is where McCormick HQ and factory are, it is a sanitary trusted company, wonder where they grew/obtained the oregano, what farm/state/country? that's what should be checked. also, it would have been highly useful if this guy (or somebody) told us which 41 states? I sure would like to know if Florida is one of the 41....

August 15 2014 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sulandherb

or shorter----which 9 weren't on the list

August 15 2014 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gee.effwye

Or as obama says, which 16 were missed.

August 15 2014 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down