Spices Recalled Due to Salmonella | The Spice Hunter, Great Value & More Brands

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Sauer Brands Inc. and Red Monkey Foods have recently recalled many of their spice varieties for possible contamination of Salmonella. Although the raw materials tested negative, suppliers notified them of Salmonella found in some lots of organic parsley.

Specifically, check for parsley and Herbes de Provence in clear, glass jars by The Spice Hunter, Great Value, O Organics, Full Circle, and Cost Plus World Market brands. Other spices that could be contaminated include organic cinnamon, Madagascar cloves, gourmet sesame seeds, and more.

These products were sold throughout the country in stores and online, and should be tossed or returned if you have a container with one of the following codes:

  • Organic Parsley – 8105701659
  • Saigon Organic Cinammon – 8105701245
  • Madagascar Cloves – 8105701260
  • Everything Bagel Crunch -8105701351
  • Gourmet Sesame Seeds – 8105701937
  • Herbes de Provence – 8105701440
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – 8105701850
  • Sea Food Grill & Broil – 8105701935
  • Coriander – 8105701275

For the full list of codes, head here.

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These products were sold nationwide at Walmart, Safeway, Cost Plus World Market, and online on Amazon.

Consumers are urged to avoid consuming these products and those with questions may contact Sauer Brands, Inc. at 1-800-444-3061, Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Feel safer and head here for the latest food recalls! 

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Comments 10

  1. Deb E

    Thanks. Bought a ton of spices over the last few months since I was totally out, and none of mine are affected. I’ve used the same brand for years but good to know this info. I’ve never had any kind of food poisoning but I’m very cautious (first career was in nutrition, then nursing) and a bit of a germophobe; this pandemic has made it worse!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome!

  2. Jenn

    Thanks for posting! Not from spices but my two year old daughter was hospitalized for 5 days because of salmonella. We are still having follow up doctor appointments 4 weeks later. It’s terrible regardless of anyone’s age.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh no! So very sorry to hear about that, Jenn. Thanks for sharing! Wishing her a speedy recovery! 💕

  3. Evie

    It is interesting even organic is recalled. They say organic is more regulated and would be grown under safer conditions. I guess it is just a label now. I notice when I shop at stores a lot of organic is the same as nonorganic.
    The corporations seem to le about everything. We will have to obtain our own tests for chemicals!

    • Colleen

      Evie, there is such a variety of products listed that I suspect the source of contamination is the processing facility and not the growing facility.

    • tipaye

      The term “organic” can be *very* misleading.

    • Jodi P

      Organic is about the growing or raising of food, not the processing.

    • Maggie

      Organic spices are actually MORE likely to be contaminated! Regular, conventional spices are often irradiated or fumigated with ethylene oxide during processing to kill microbes and delay spoilage. The irradiation process is like beaming a high-power x-ray through them. However, that process is not allowed for organic foods (and neither is fumigation).

      Organic OR conventional herbs and spices may be contaminated with bird droppings in the field, rat droppings in a warehouse or container ship. Then that contamination can easily spread inside a processing facility. So there is some risk to leaving them entirely untreated, even though doing so is the best way to get optimal flavor.

      The Spice Hunter does not irradiate, and it’s not clear they use an alternative sanitization method.
      McCormick uses steam pasteurization (which is allowed for organic too) — but heat can degrade the flavor with fresh spices, so there’s your trade off.

      Here’s a pretty good write-up of all the ways spices are sanitized, and what’s known about methods used by various brands.

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