We’ve been seeing a large number of recalls on chicken and beef products lately, but now some spices are being recalled as well. In late July 2021, the very popular spice company, McCormick & Company, Inc., initiated a voluntary recall on four bottled seasoning products due to potential contamination with salmonella bacteria. The McCormick recall includes seasonings sold in 32 states under the McCormick brand and Frank’s RedHot brand, according to the company announcement shared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The recalled products include various lots of McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning (1.31 oz. and 2.25 oz. bottles) and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning (153g bottle). However, only lots with specific best-by dates are affected by the recall.
The spices are sold in big-box retailers like Walmart, Target, and Kroger.
The products were shipped, between June 20 and July 21, 2021, to grocery stores in 32 U.S. states, as well as Bermuda and Canada. The impacted states are Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
While McCormick has instructed pull their products off the shelves and distribution centers, you should also take a look in your kitchen cabinets. To check whether you have a recalled product in your pantry, check the FDA site to see the full list of impacted best-by dates and barcode numbers.
The potential for salmonella contamination was revealed during routine FDA testing, according to the announcement. To date, no cases of salmonella poisoning connected to the McCormick recall have been reported to the agency.
Salmonella infection is a relatively common type of food poisoning, and cases are usually not severe. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, and fever, as well as sometimes nausea, vomiting, and headache, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms usually begin six hours to six days after consuming the contaminated food and last between four and seven days.
While most healthy individuals get better without seeking medical care, some groups of people—including babies, people over age 65, and people with weakened immune systems—are more likely to experience severe illness requiring antibiotic treatment and/or hospitalization, according to the CDC. Rarely, a severe salmonella infection can spread to other areas of the body through the bloodstream, causing serious complications or even becoming fatal, the CDC explains.
McCormick said consumers “do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased” and is urging them to “dispose of the recalled product and its container.”
Contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-635-2867, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET for a replacement or full refund and with questions.
July has been a busy month for recalls with Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen, Tyson chicken, muffins and carrots among the biggest recalls.