McCormick & Company, a spice company, voluntarily recalled four seasonings this week due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. Routine testing by the US Food and Drug Administration caused the recall of McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning, McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. 

According to the firm, no infections have been recorded as a result of the current problem. FDA brought the possible danger to McCormick's notice during routine testing. This recall applies to cases with the impacted date codes that were sent.

FDA routine tests prompted McCormick's recall

The recalled items include McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning, Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning, and two McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning products. Consumers were notified, and supermarket shops were told to remove the recalled products from stores and distribution facilities as soon as possible and destroy them to prevent any future consumption.

Consumers are encouraged to discard the affected items and their containers rather than returning them to the store where they were purchased. Salmonella is a kind of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal disease and fever.

Per Newsweek via MSN, food handlers who do not wash their hands or the surfaces and tools used between food preparation stages, as well as those who eat raw or undercooked meals, might transfer it. Salmonella can also be transmitted from a person to an animal.

If people who come into close contact with some animals, such as chickens and reptiles, do not properly wash their hands before handling food, they risk spreading salmonella. The FDA says bacteria can also be transferred by pets that eat contaminated food. 

According to the FDA, from June 20 to July 21, these items were sent to roughly 32 states across the United States, as well as Bermuda and Canada. The following information may be found about the four items included in this recall:

  1. McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 1.31 oz bottle- McCormick Item Number: 901582629, UPC Number: 052100049731, Affected Date Codes: Best by May 26 24 K, Best by May 27 24 K, Best by Jun 04 24 K, Best by Jun 05 24 K
  2. McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning 1.75 lbs. Bottle- McCormick Item Number: 932574, UPC Number: 52100325743, Affected Date Codes: Best by Jun 12 24 H
  3. McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 2.25 oz bottle- McCormick Item Number: 901455463, UPC Number: 052100038254, Affected Date Codes: Best by Jun 30 24 H, Best by Jul 01 24 H
  4. Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning 153g bottle- McCormick Item Number: 901543520, UPC Number: 066200021047, Affected Date Codes: BB / Ma 2022 Sep 06

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States that have been affected by McCormick's recall

According to the Hunt Valley, Maryland-based firm, the affected items were sent to 32 states, Bermuda, and Canada, in June and July. The following are the states:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Salmonella infection: What to know?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says most individuals who become sick with salmonella experience symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within six days of being exposed to the bacteria. The sickness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without medical help, CBS News reported.

Despite this, salmonella causes 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 fatalities in the United States each year, with most of the 1.35 million illnesses coming through food, per the CDC.

Salmonella infection can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort in otherwise healthy persons. Salmonella can enter the bloodstream and cause more severe disease in rare cases. Symptoms usually appear within hours after infection and continue for a week or less.

Salmonella may be found in various foods, including fruits and vegetables, poultry, and processed foods such as nut butter and chicken nuggets. Foods that have been contaminated "look and smell normal."

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