McCormick voluntarily recalls ground oregano due to possible Salmonella risk

Photos: McCormick & Company, Inc.

McCormick & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of certain McCormick Ground Oregano 0.75 oz. bottles due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

The bottles are labeled UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H. The company says some of these bottles were shipped to Hawaii.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The product subject to this recall is:

McCormick® Ground Oregano 0.75 oz bottle
UPC number:  52100003566 (as seen on label: 0-523561-6)
McCormick item number:  900356
Affected date codes:  BEST BY AUG 21 16 H, BEST BY AUG 22 16 H
Shipping dates:  April 4, 2014 to August 5, 2014

This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products.

The potential risk was brought to McCormick’s attention by FDA during routine testing. This recall affects 1,032 cases that were shipped of the affected date codes.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

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.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased.  Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund, and with general inquires.

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