Is Your Taco Seasoning Tainted? Find Out About This Major Recall!

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  • Williams Foods has just issued a voluntary recall on its taco seasoning packets provided by Great Value and H-E-B.
  • The ground cumin that is used in the seasoning may have been contaminated with salmonella. According to the FDA, the cumin was produced by Mincing Spice Co.
  • Salmonella is a group of bacteria that causes most foodborne illnesses. It can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps when digested.
  • If you’ve purchased Great Value or H-E-B brand taco seasoning, either throw it away or return it for a full refund. If you feel sick as a result of ingesting the recalled seasoning, call your doctor immediately.

A possible salmonella contamination has hit multiple taco seasoning packets made by Williams Foods LLC. Read on to find out if the products in your pantry are affected.

Recall Details

Williams Foods, based in Kansas, makes taco seasoning packets for both Walmart’s Great Value brand and H-E-B. There are 2 specific products in this recall:

  • HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium 1.25 oz packet with expiration dates of July 10, 11 and 15, 2021, and UPC code: 0 41220 79609 0
  • Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix 1 oz package with an expiration date of July 8 and 9, 2021, and UPC code: 0 78742 24572 0

If you purchased these products, which were sold in over 40 states, you should either throw them out or return them to the store for a refund.

Possibly Contaminated Ingredient

The specific problem is the ground cumin used in the seasoning blends. The cumin, manufactured by Mincing Spice Co, is potentially contaminated by salmonella. Although there have been no reports of illness, you should not consume food made with potentially tainted seasoning.

The official announcement on the FDA’s website clarified that the cumin was made by a third-party:

“Mincing has issued a recall for a specific lot of cumin they produced because a sample from that lot was tested by one of Mincing’s customers and was found to be potentially contaminated with Salmonella. A portion of the lot recalled by Mincing was supplied to Williams Foods, LLC.”

Williams Foods said that the voluntary recall was made as a “precautionary action” only.

What Is Salmonella?

The infection caused by salmonella can be fatal in children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Even healthy people, salmonella can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. The “classic” symptoms of food poisoning start anywhere from 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food. In very rare cases, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and cause more serious infections and even arthritis.

If you think you might have gotten sick from any recalled products, visit your doctor. If you have questions about the recall, you can contact the Williams Foods customer service center at 1-800-847-5608 or customerservice@chg.com.