Ground oregano being recalled because of salmonella risk


McCormick & Company Inc. is voluntarily ground oregano because of possible contamination with salmonella.

The recall affects 0.75-ounce bottles of McCormick Ground Oregano bearing Universal Purchase Code (UPC) 0-523561-6 with code dates “BEST BY AUG 21 16 H” and “AUG 22 16 H” because it may have been contaminated by Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick ground, whole or oregano leaves products.

The 0.75-ounce bottles of ground oregano were shipped between April 5 and Aug. 5, according to McCormick. The bottles were shipped to 41 states, including Hawaii. The product was also shipped internationally to Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Jamaica, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand and the Virgin Islands.

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.

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

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

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 (800)632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, for a replacement or full refund, as well as general inquires.