McCormick Products Not Involved in Turmeric Recall

Sparks, Md., August 11, 2016 – McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC), a global leader in flavor, today released the following statement in response to the recent recalls of turmeric due to elevated levels of lead. Please attribute the following points to Roger Lawrence, McCormick Corporate Vice President, Global Quality Assurance.

Due to increased attention surrounding turmeric containing elevated levels of lead in the marketplace, we want to assure the public that no McCormick products are involved in the recall. This includes all ground turmeric and seasoning blends that contain turmeric.

At McCormick, quality and safety are top priorities, and our investment in these areas is the largest in the spice and seasoning industry. Our quality assurance program includes these key practices to ensure the safety of our products, including turmeric:

  • • Quality Sourcing: Intentional adulteration or certain environmental conditions can lead to elevated levels of lead in turmeric. That’s why McCormick and our strategic suppliers only purchase whole turmeric and routinely test for lead, foreign material and extraneous matter. This mitigates the chance for contamination or adulteration that could be encountered by purchasing ground product.

  • • Supply Chain Excellence: McCormick works with key vendors in carefully selected regions to assure crop quality. McCormick monitors this supply chain to assure product safety and maintain traceability to the farm.
    For over 125 years, McCormick has had an unmatched track record in delivering safe, high-quality products to our consumers. It is important to purchase your spices from a trusted resource. Because of our unwavering commitment to safety and quality, McCormick continues to be the taste you trust.

About McCormick
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. With $4.3 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick Brings Passion to Flavor™.

For information contact:
Corporate Communications:
Lori Robinson (410) 527-6004 or lori_robinson@mccormick.com
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