Spice

What You Need to Know About the Latest Recall of McCormick Spices

The FDA announced the company’s voluntary recall on July 27 due to Salmonella concerns.

July 28, 2021
Photo by Ty Mecham

Salmonella concerns are back, and this time you should check your spice cabinet. You’re used to hearing about recall alerts when it comes to romaine lettuce, salad mixes, baby carrots, and other fresh produce. But less often do you hear about salmonella outbreaks when it comes to dry, packaged goods like spice blends. But it’s 2021 and here we are. On Tuesday, July 27, McCormick announced a voluntary recall of three popular seasoning blends: McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning, and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. At this time, no illnesses have been reported in connection to the salmonella outbreak.

"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," the company said in a statement. The affected products were shipped to 32 states across the United States, as well as Bermuda and Canada, between June 20th and July 21st.

The impacted states include Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The products were distributed to select Walmart, Target, and Kroger stores, in addition to other undisclosed store locations, according to a statement from McCormick.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and abdominal pain. It can be particularly serious for pregnant women, elderly individuals, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Salmonella symptoms usually appear within 12 to 72 hours of exposure and can last for four to seven days. If your symptoms persist or seem particularly severe, call your doctor or a licensed medical expert.

Consumers are advised to dispose of the recalled product immediately rather than returning it to the store where it was purchased. Contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-635-2867 for a full refund, or with any general inquiries about the recall.

Have you been affected by McCormick's spice recall? Let us know in the comments below!
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Bevi July 29, 2021
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