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Spices Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

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This story was updated on Oct. 15, 2020.

Oct. 14, 2020 -- If you’ve recently purchased seasonings, you may want to check your pantry. Spice Hunter has recalled almost 29 products, including organic parsley, organic cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin pie spice, over fears that they could be contaminated with salmonella.  The products were distributed in 31 states.

The same day, Red Monkey Foods recalled glass bottles of organic parsley and herbs de provence sold at Walmart, World Market, Safeway and Food City in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

In the Spice Hunter recall, one lot of organic parsley tested positive for the presence of the bacteria, but the company decided to recall other products processed on the same equipment over concerns about cross contamination.

So far, there are no reports of illness associated with these products. 

The Red Monkey recall only involves those two herbs, which are part of an initial recall from High Quality Organics. Go here to see the full recall list.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children, those with underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems, and the elderly.  Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Most people only need fluids to recover in less than a week. Severe infections may require medical care.

If you purchased any on the Spice Hunter list, the company says to return them to the store where you bought them for a full refund. Red Monkey consumers are encouraged to do the same.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD

Sources

FDA, Recall Alert, Oct. 12, 2020.

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