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Oregano shipped into Minnesota may contain salmonella


Salmonella is a dangerous bacterial infection that puts people at risk. In particular, people with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young are susceptible to its effects. However, anyone can contract the disease -- especially through food. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, people can experience abdominal pain, nausea, fever, vomiting and diarrhea if they have salmonella. In rarer cases, an even more serious reaction has been recorded.

To avoid salmonella and other food borne illnesses, companies that produce food products have strict safety standards that they are asked to follow. These standards help to keep Minnesota residents safe from harm. Unfortunately, not all companies meet these standards and product recalls are common.

Recently, bottles of ground oregano sold by McCormick -- and shipped into Minnesota and several other states -- have been found to contain salmonella. The discovery was made after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was completed. The company has recently issued a recall of the more than 1,000 bottles of contaminated spices. The company urges consumers to dispose of the oregano and call them for a refund. The contaminated bottles were sold the beginning of April and the beginning of August, and had a best by date of Aug. 21 or Aug. 22.

Recalled products pose a danger to Minnesota residents. While some may cause a few days of illness, others can cause serious life-long injuries. People who have been injured by a defective product need to understand that product liability laws may protect them. Companies can be for a design or manufacturing defect that caused injuries to consumers. Companies may be required to compensate people who have been injured by defective products.

Source: Knoxville News, "Oregano recall due to possible salmonella contamination," Gitte Laasby, Aug. 15, 2014

Source: Knoxville News, "Oregano recall due to possible salmonella contamination," Gitte Laasby, Aug. 15, 2014

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