Watkins Lawsuit Over Pepper Tin Sizes Will Go Forward In Federal Court

Watkins Lawsuit Over Pepper Tin Sizes Will Go Forward In Federal Court

If the outside of a food package is the same, especially for a food you don’t buy very often, do you notice? Longtime Consumerist readers might, but most people wouldn’t. Last year, spice giant McCormick quietly shrank down the contents of its boxes of black pepper, but kept using the same size container. Tiny competitor Watkins noticed, and filed a federal lawsuit against McCormick accusing it of false advertising. A judge decided this week that the lawsuit could go forward. [More]

Watkins Sues McCormick Over Pepper, Makes Federal Case Out Of Grocery Shrink Ray

Watkins Sues McCormick Over Pepper, Makes Federal Case Out Of Grocery Shrink Ray

You know what a McCormick ground pepper tin looks like if you’ve ever bought pepper or browsed an American spice aisle. They’re rectangular and have spouts on each end for sprinkling or pouring the contents. Yet have you noticed how much pepper there is in the container? Competing spice-seller Watkins is paying attention, and it’s accusing McCormick of shrinking all sizes of its pepper containers by 25%. [More]

September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Salmonella Is Not A Superfood

September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Salmonella Is Not A Superfood

In our September Recall Roundup for food, there could be walnuts lurking in the spinach, eggs in the frozen desserts, and Salmonella in pretty much every kind of food. [More]

Salmonella Is Not A Flavor, So McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano

Salmonella Is Not A Flavor, So McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano

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. [More]