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Organic Oregano Recalled for Salmonella Risk

A California company is recalling 1,075 cases of its organic oregano because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Olde Thompson Inc. of Oxnard, CA issued a voluntary recall of its Earth’s Pride Organics brand Organic Oregano — sold exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale — on Friday after the bacteria was discovered as a result of routine sampling.

The product was sold in a 2.2 oz. jar glass jar at BJ’s locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia between January 1 and July 10 of this year.

Affected lot numbers include 060367, 060692, 061252 and 061864. These numberscan be found on the bottom of the jar. 

No illnesses have been linked to consumption of the product to date, according to the recall announcement, posted on FDA’s website Saturday.

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  • Puramaya

    No surprise really. The certification of a lot of organically labeled food is done by industry controlled entities. Organic does not mean safe to eat. Read the label carefully and Google the name of the “certifying” agency. USDA organic is meaningless. USDA has no jnvolvement with inspecting or verifying organic anything.

    • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

      You’re quite right Puramaya. The USDA contracts out all of its inspection duties to private and not-for-profit certifying agencies which generate revenue by rubber-stamping farms, processors and broker-traders. They have absolutely no incentive to crack down on fraudulent or unsafe practice, and no one at the USDA seems to care.

      • Carlo Silvestr

        As a processor I’m not rubber stamped. I undergo audits by my certifying body and I submit my paperwork to them for my production. I am honest and I don’t hide anything. The whole process is reviewed carefully. Don’t generalize and badmouth organics. There are many of us who follow the rules and there are many certifying bodies, I would say most, that follow the rules.

    • Stacy La Point

      You’re missing the point. Organic does mean a lot when you consider the farming techniques. However, even organically grown foods are fertilized with compost and manure that can contain bacteria and water sources can be contaminated by fecal matter, etc. organic foods have proven more safe and more nutritious. But they aren’t exempt from bacterial contamination. Organic doesn’t mean bacteria free, it means no pesticides, chemical fertilizer and non-HMO.

  • Puramaya

    No surprise really. The certification of a lot of organically labeled food is done by industry controlled entities. Organic does not mean safe to eat. Read the label carefully and Google the name of the “certifying” agency. USDA organic is meaningless. USDA has no involvement with inspecting or verifying organic anything.

  • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

    Food Safety News ran a good piece on the dangers of chicken manure leading to Salmonella contamination back on June 2011. Click here: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/06/salmonella-risk-in-backyard-chicken-eggs/#.UeLYsk7n-M8
    The USDA needs to start following its own rules as laid out in the National Organic Program, and test organic crops for possible fecal contamination. Then these sorts of outbreaks might be prevented.

  • http://LivingOrganic.org/ Amy Pearson

    It’s a good thing they recalled the products so that the public can avoid buying oregano products.

  • sayitaintso100

    How does salmonella get into organic oregano? Just can’t figure out how.