RECALL! Dozens of Spices Recalled by FDA! Check Your Pantry!
If you’ve purchased spices, then don’t miss this recall! Because, the FDA warns consumers that two dozen types spices are contaminated with Salmonella. Of course, this investigation is still going on, so they may find more in more areas. However, right now this does cover dozens of spices distributed to all 50 United States.
What is a Recall?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States are the departments responsible for investigating potential problems with food safety. Of course, from their investigations, they may issue warnings to the public. In other words, a Recall by the FDA or CDC means that the product in question is not safe for the specified reason. Additionally, guidelines and instructions are given for each recall, based on the specific threat at hand. For example, they may warn that consumers should not consume the product. Or, they may suggest that the company responsible is willing to refund the purchase price.
Why is There a Recall?
Several manufacturers issued recalls for various dried spices found to be potentially contaminated with Salmonella. A portion of the lot recalled by High Quality Organics (HQO) was supplied to Red Monkey Foods, Inc, and was subsequently repacked into consumer containers. However, to date, there have been no consumer complaints or reported cases of Salmonellosis in connection with these products.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. What’s more, in rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
Which Products are Included in this Recall?
Spice brands include Great Value (Walmart generic brand), Cost Plus World Market, O Organics, Full Circle Market, Red Monkey, Sauer Brands, and The Spice Hunter Products, for example.
List of spice products recalled:
- Parsley Flakes
- Sesame seeds
- Herbes De Provence
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Green chile
- Mexican seasoning
- Black pepper
- Szechwan seasoning
- Chinese ginger
- White pepper
- Black peppercorns
- Italian seasoning
- Fennel seeds
- Dill weed
- Cayenne pepper
Where Was the Recalled Product Sold?
The products were distributed to all fifty states and Puerto Rico. Similarly, Sauer brands were sold in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Additionally, major retailers sell these spices. For example, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs (and more). This includes in stores, as well as on Instacart and online.
What Should You Do?
Of course, consumers who have purchased the product with the listed “Best By” dates are urged not to consume the product. But, to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.