McCormick Expands Recall of Products Possibly Tainted with Salmonella

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is expanding its March 5, 2010 recall to include additional products manufactured with HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas, Nevada, because the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with <"">Salmonella, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Recalled products were distributed nationwide and sold in retail stores. Two of the recalled products were also distributed for sale in international markets. The following products are being recalled:

• McCormick Onion Gravy Mix sold in 0.87-ounce packages and shipped nationwide and outside the U.S. under UPC code 52100098807 and with Best Buy Dates of OCT 08 11, OCT 11 11, OCT 17 11, OCT 18 11, NOV 01 11, NOV 03 11, NOV 15 11, NOV 17 11, DEC 01 11, DEC 02 11, DEC 28 11, DEC 29 11, JAN 22 12, JAN 23 12, JAN 26 12, JAN 30 12, FEB 12 12, and FEB 13 12. EXPANDED to include additional Best Buy Dates: OCT 7 11, OCT 9 11, OCT 10 11, OCT 16 11, NOV 2 11, NOV 16 11, and JAN 29 12.

• McCormick Vegetable Dip Mix sold in 1.25-ounce packages and shipped nationwide under UPC code 52100063850 and with Best Buy Dates of JUN 08 11, JUL 09 11, and JUL 28 11. EXPANDED to include Best Buy Date: JUL 08 11.

• McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing sold in 42-ounce (2 lb. 10 oz.) containers, shipped to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania under UPC code 5210057199 and with Product Codes 4519BH, 4520BH, and 5019BH. EXPANDED to include Louisiana and Texas and Product Code: 4520AH

• McCormick French Onion Dip Mix sold in 0.53-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the United States under UPC code 52100168609 and with Best Buy Dates of OCT 06 11, OCT 07 11, NOV 03 11, NOV 06 11, DEC 04 11, JAN 04 12, and JAN 23 12.

McCormick Consumer’s Hotline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-632-5847 and the firm’s email is to arrange for a replacement or reimbursement. Live assistance is available on the Hotline from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.

We have been following the growing number of recalls linked to Salmonella contamination at Basic Food Flavors Inc. in Nevada. As of our last report this week, recalls had exceeded 100 products; however, Bloomberg News, citing a Consumers Union scientist, said the number could top 10,000 products.

The FDA announced it is actively investigating findings of Salmonella Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors. HVP is a flavor enhancer used in a wide variety of processed food products and that is also often blended with other spices to make seasonings used in or on foods. According to FDA’s release, it conducted an investigation after a customer of an FDA-regulated firm reported finding Salmonella in the HVP ingredient. This resulted in the subsequent recall of the contaminated products. A list of affected products can be found at

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