Oregano is a very tasty spice, but do you know what’s not so tasty? Potentially fatal foodborne illness. Routine tests at McCormick spice company turned up salmonella contamination, which may have affected as many as 1,032 cases of the ground herb.
Contamination of spices can be an especially insidious form of foodborne illness because we often apply spices right before eating, eliminating the possibility that any disease-causing organisms could be killed by cooking.
Potentially contaminated jars of ground oregano were sold in forty states and ten countries other than the United States. Look for .75 ounce jars with “best buy” dates of August 21 or 22, 2016.
Instead of returning the container to the store, you should call McCormick directly for a refund or replacement. You can contact them at 1-800-632-5847.