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What is the shelf life of McCormick® Products?
The shelf life listed below is approximate and only applicable if stored properly. It is best to follow the "Best By" dates on the products.
If your product does not have a "Best By" date it is beyond our recommended shelf life.
General Shelf Life
• Ground Spices - 2 to 4 years
• Whole Spices - 4 years
• Leafy Herbs - 1 to 3 years
• Bottled Seasoning Blends - 1 to 2 years
• Extracts & Food Colors - 4 years
• Recipe Mixes (gravy, taco, etc.) - 2 years
• Marinades and Sauces - 12 to 24 months
• Seafood Box Mixes - 18 to 24 months
Proper Storage Tips
• Store herbs and spices in a tightly capped container.
• Keep spices and herbs away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Avoid storing over the stove, dishwasher, sink or near a window.
• Store members of the red pepper family, including paprika and chili powder, in the refrigerator to retain their color and freshness.
• McCormick does not recommend freezing as freezing does not extend the shelf life of dried herbs and spices. Repeatedly removing the bottles from the freezer may cause condensation to form and accelerate the loss of flavor and aroma.
Where can I find nutrition information for a McCormick® product?
McCormick® has nutrition information posted on our product pages. Just visit the “Spices and Flavors” section of our website at
How does McCormick® label the top eight allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, fish, wheat, soy, and shellfish)?
McCormick® follows all government regulations regarding product labeling. When any of these top eight allergens is present in any quantity, it will always be listed in our product ingredient statement. We encourage you to read the ingredient statement on your package at the time of purchase to ensure accurate, up to date information.
Pure spices and herbs will not have ingredient statements. The only ingredient present is the original spice or herb, to which nothing else has been added.
How does McCormick® label for gluten?
McCormick® uses "Plain English" allergen labeling to communicate our product ingredients to our consumers. Gluten is listed as "wheat", "barley", “rye”, “oats”, “spelt”, “triticale”, “kamut” or any protein containing part thereof and hybridized strains of these grains in our ingredient statements. This labeling policy adheres to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004.
If a product does not have an ingredient statement, it is a pure spice or herb with nothing added and contains no added glutens. In addition, our retail extracts and Food Colors are gluten free. Currently, we do not offer a list of our products that do not contain glutens. We encourage you to read the ingredient statement on your package at the time of purchase to ensure accurate, up to date information.
How does McCormick® ensure the safety and quality of its products?
For 125 years, McCormick® has had an unmatched track record in delivering safe, high-quality products to our consumers. For decades, we have been working closely with our suppliers to educate them on proper handling, storage and treating of our ingredients. Additionally, we require every one of our suppliers to adhere to rigorous raw materials specifications, which we regularly monitor via site audits, sampling and testing. Whether the materials are produced in the United States or other parts of the world; McCormick® exercises the same high level of control.
To ensure the integrity of our products, we have developed and deployed a long-standing Quality Assurance Program to manage and control our supply chain.
• As a responsible company, we are constantly exploring various methods to determine the safest, most efficient and appropriate methods of cleaning. To mitigate harmful microorganisms, McCormick® utilizes steam sterilization on the ingredients.
• Additionally, we conduct several million ingredient and product analyses each year.
It is important to purchase your spices from a trusted source. Because of our unwavering commitment to safety and quality, McCormick® is the brand you can trust.
Does all of your Garlic come from China?
McCormick® has been sourcing ingredients from around the globe for over 125 years, and garlic is no exception. Most of our Garlic is sourced from China, and has been for over a decade. We choose only the best suppliers to work with (as with all of our source countries) and have QA team members located in China, overseeing our garlic supply. When it comes to quality, McCormick's standards are among the most stringent in the industry. You can be sure we manage quality from source to finished product.
McCormick® Gourmet Garlic Powder in the glass bottle is sourced from California.
I love your Cinnamon, but I’ve heard conflicting stories about types of Cinnamon and coumarin? Can you help?
All McCormick® Cinnamon comes from the cassia family of cinnamon.
Coumarin is a naturally occurring compound present in several plants, not just cinnamon. Examples include licorice, strawberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries, green tea and lavender. Cinnamon has been classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as generally recognized as safe.
What colors can I make from your Assorted Food Colors?
For the ultimate food colors go to the following link:
Who do I contact concerning donations?
Donations requests can be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail. All written requests for donations must be on your organization’s letterhead and received six weeks prior to your event. Please give information concerning type of fundraiser and approximate number of participants. Address the letter to:
McCormick & Co., Inc.
18 Loveton Circle
Sparks, MD 21152-6000
Attn: Charitable Donations Committee
How can I receive coupons for McCormick® products?
You can often find discount coupons for our McCormick® products in your local newspaper and magazines. We are also happy to mail coupons to consumers. You can send an email request via the form above, or call us at 1-800-632-5847.
I’m unable to find one of my favorite McCormick® products? Do you still manufacture it? Can you help me locate it?
Please consult our Discontinued Product List to determine if the product is still manufactured. If the product isn’t listed, email us via the form above or call 1-800-632-5847, and we’ll be happy to help you find it.
Can I order McCormick® products from you directly?
We do not currently offer a direct order service. The majority of our products can be purchased directly through Amazon at www.amazon.com.