spicesWhenever faced with the choice between buying the conventional or organic version of a common kitchen spice -- like cinnamon, basil, cumin, etc. -- I'll usually go for the organic. Mostly because you figure it's one of those plants that is fully sprayed with pesticides; there's no peel or skin or shell to break through to get to the part of the herb we actually use. Still, buying organic is no guarantee that we can avoid other food safety issues unfortunately. A California company is recalling 1,075 cases of its organic oregano, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Ick.

Olde Thompson, Inc. issued the recall for its Earth's Pride Organics brand Organic Oregano, which is sold exclusively at BJ's Wholesale (similar to Sam's Club or Costco, if you don't have one by you) on Friday, after the bacteria was discovered as a result of routine sampling.

Thankfully, no illnesses have been linked to consumption so far, according to the FDA. But just in case, here's the info you should be looking for:

The product was sold in a 2.2-oz. jar glass jar at BJ’s locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia between January 1 and July 10 of this year.

Affected lot numbers include 060367, 060692, 061252, and 061864. These numbers can be found on the bottom of the jar. 

While this particular oregano brand may not be the one you buy, it is definitely disconcerting to know Salmonella could end up in a common, everyday spice like this that may be hanging out in our pantries. Further, it's possible we may not get recall info on it for MONTHS after buying it. Agh. At least we know now, I guess. Let's hope that illness toll stays at 0!

What do you make of this?



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