Common Kitchen Spices Recalled Over Salmonella: What You Need to Know

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McCormick and Company, best known for their supermarket spice products, has recalled three different spice products over salmonella concerns. The recall, effective immediately, compels supermarkets to pull the affected products and urges consumers to discard or return any affected spices.

Read on for more details about this recall.

What Is Recalled?

The recall affects three spices manufactured by McCormick. They are Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning, and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. These three spices might have been contaminated with salmonella, a bacteria strain that is dangerous to humans.

The recalled products were shipped throughout June and July to 32 states in the US and parts of Canada and Bermuda. For a complete list of states that were sent shipments of the recalled spices, check the official FDA notice about the recall here.

The products were sold at Publix, Kroger, Walmart, Target, and Stop and Shop.

Salmonella

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the United States Food and Drug Administration detected contamination in the spices. The salmonella content in the spices is dangerous to humans, as it can cause illness, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Often, Salmonella infection is referred to as “food poisoning.”

Most people who contract a Salmonella infection will fight the infection off themselves in a few days with no need for medical attention. Some people, however, could be more sensitive to the bacteria and could develop more severe symptoms. Elderly people, pregnant women, young children, and people with compromised immune symptoms could come down with a severe illness.

If you’ve purchased any of the recalled products, make sure no one consumes any of the affected spices. Even if everyone in your house is otherwise healthy, no one wants to spend two or three days with a salmonella infection, making them feel terrible.

What to Do

Discard the recalled products if you’ve purchased any in the past two months. You can contact McCormick at (800) 635-2867 during regular business hours to request a refund or replace the recalled products. Just make sure you have the receipt from the purchase handy in case they need to know how much you spend on the various spices.

Even if you’re unable to seek a refund or a replacement, don’t hesitate to throw away the affected spices immediately. A few dollars aren’t worth getting sick over.