Ensuring food safety is one of the main responsibilities of large companies focused on the mass food production. Although it is undeniable to say that they normally adhere to strict hygiene rules and measures, sometimes things can get out of control. Such is the case of a news item that has gone around the world today: McCormick & Company has recalled three of its most iconic condiments due to possible salmonella contamination.
The products in question are the following seasoning varieties: McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. Based on this, they were removed from major grocery store chains, according to an alert released Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
So far it is known that the affected products were shipped to 32 states in the United States, Bermuda and Canada, between June 20 and July 21. More specifically, it is known that the condiments were shipped to the following regions in the United States: Pennsylvania, Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The FDA noted the potential risk to McCormick during routine testing. As a precautionary measure, McCormick has alerted customers and grocery stores to have the product with the affected date codes removed from store shelves and distribution centers immediately. In addition to requesting that these batches of products be destroyed to avoid any subsequent consumption. While a complete summary of the stores that sold the affected condiments was not included with the product recall notice, many popular establishments such as Walmart, Target, and Kroger sold the condiments.
As a side note: salmonella is a bacterium that frequently causes foodborne illnesses, also known as “food poisoning.” It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause the body to enter the bloodstream and lead to more serious illness. According to information released by the CDC, it is estimated that each year in the United States Salmonella causes 1 million cases of foodborne illness.
What are the products with affected code dates?
1. McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 1.31 oz bottle
UPC Number: 052100049731
McCormick Item Number: 901582629
Expiration date codes: May 26, 2024, May 27, 2024, June 4, 2024 and June 5, 20204.
2. McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 2.25 oz bottle
UPC Number: 052100038254
McCormick Item Number: 901 455 463
Expiration date codes: June 30, 2024 and July 1, 2024.
3. McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning 1.75-pound bottle
UPC Number: 52100325743
McCormick Item Number: 932574
Expiration date codes: June 12, 2024.
4. Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning 153 gram bottle
UPC Number: 066200021047
McCormick Item Number: 901543520
Expiration date codes: September 6, 2022.
Customers who purchased these products will need to dispose of the seasoning and can call McCormick for information on how to receive a refund or replacement. For more information, call 800-635-2867 between 9:30 am and 8 pm EST Monday through Friday.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.