A food manufacturer in Pennsylvania has issued a voluntary recall of various seasoning products after traces of rodent feces were found in a batch of oregano. According to a statement released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Regal Foods Inc., based in Leola, Pennsylvania, announced the recall after discovering the contamination during routine testing.
The products affected by the recall include Italian seasoning, oregano leaves, taco seasoning, herbs and garlic seasoning, Fajita, herbs de Provence seasoning, pasta herb seasoning, and blackening seasoning. These products were distributed in the states of Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, and were sold in various sizes and packaging options.
The recall was initiated by the company on July 20, 2023, and is ongoing. The FDA is urging consumers who have purchased any of the affected products to dispose of them immediately and not consume them. They also advise customers who have already consumed the seasoning to contact their healthcare provider if they experience any adverse reactions.
Regal Foods Inc. has not yet provided a statement on the matter, and its parent company, Clark Associates, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, the FDA is working closely with the company to address the issue and ensure the safety of their products.
This recall serves as a reminder of the importance of routine testing and food safety protocols in the manufacturing industry. Contamination can happen at any point in the production process, and it is crucial for companies to have strict quality control measures in place to prevent such incidents.
Consumption of contaminated food products can lead to serious health risks, especially in the case of rodent infestation. The presence of rodent feces indicates a lack of sanitary conditions in the production facility and can also lead to the spread of other diseases.
So far, there have been no reports of illnesses related to the consumption of these recalled products. However, the FDA is closely monitoring the situation and is urging consumers to be cautious. Customers who have purchased the affected products should either return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them properly.
Customers are also advised to contact the company directly for any additional information and updates on the recall. The FDA is also working to ensure that all retailers remove the affected products from their shelves to prevent any further distribution and consumption.
Food safety is a top priority for both manufacturers and regulatory agencies. In light of this recall, consumers are reminded to always be aware of product recalls and to take necessary precautions when it comes to food safety. This includes thoroughly cooking food and avoiding consumption of products that may appear spoiled or contaminated.
The FDA also encourages consumers to report any suspected cases of foodborne illness or contamination to their local health department. By working together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of all consumers.