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McCormick Recalls Dip, Gravy Mixes Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerted consumers to a recall of McCormick & Company products manufactured with hydrolyzed vegetable protein because they could be contaminated with bacteria.

The products are supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas and were distributed nationwide and sold in retail stores, including two products that were distributed internationally. The products have the potential for Salmonella contamination.

Symptoms of salmonella often include fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Salmonella can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The recall includes:

* McCormick French Onion Dip Mix, sold in 0.53-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the U.S. with UPC code 52100168609 and best buy dates of Oct. 6 and 7, 2011; Nov. 3 and 6, 2011; Dec. 4, 2011; and Jan 4 and 23, 2012.

* McCormick Vegetable Dip Mix, sold in 1.25-ounce packages, shipped nationwide with UPC code 52100063850 and best buy dates of June 8, 2011 and July 9 and 29, 2011.

* McCormick Onion Gravy Mix, sold in 0.87-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the U.S. with UPC code 52100098807 and best buy dates of Oct. 8, 11, 17 and 18, 2011; Nov. 1, 3, 15 and 17, 2011; Dec. 1, 2, 28 and 29, 2011; Jan. 22, 23, 26 and 30, 2012; and Feb. 12 and 13, 2012.

* McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing, sold in 42-ounce (two-pound, 10-ounce) containers, shipped to Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Pennsylvania with UPC code 5210057199 and product codes 4519BH, 4520BH and 5019BH.

Consumers who purchased these products should not consume them and should return them to the place of purchase for a refund.