'McCormick Spice' customers better check the labels on all their spices after a warning

Apr 21, 2018
05:01 A.M.
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The world-renowned spice brand warned all its costumers, claiming that some of their products should be thrown away immediately.


According to Shared, spice company McCormick took to Facebook to help customers find out if their stacked spices were old enough to throw away.

McCormick issued a warning to their customers to check through their spice rack for any old products, especially requesting that spices that read 'Baltimore, MD' be thrown out.

This suggestion was issued due to the fact that McCormick moved their factories to Hunt Valley, Maryland, 25 years ago already.

This means that anything that still reads 'Baltimore' on the back was made two and a half decades ago and shouldn't be used anymore.


'When's the last time you took a peek into your spice cabinet? You should see 'Hunt Valley, MD' on McCormick labels. If you see 'Baltimore, MD,' the spice is at least 25 years old,' McCormick posted.

Another clue is that McCormick makes their black pepper in old-fashioned metal tins today, and just pepper, meaning that anything else in that kind of package would be too old.

While many assume spices don't expire, this isn't true, and although old spices aren't really likely to make one sick, they do lose their potency and flavor after some time. 

As a rule of averages, spices should be replaced approximately every three years, herbs and other seasoning blends should be replaced sooner, closer to the two-year mark, and whole spices, like cinnamon, will last about four. 


McCormick suggests checking spices for a strong aroma and taste, and a vibrant color to make sure they are still fulfilling their purpose. 

There is also a 'best by' date on all bottles that could serve as an estimate of the freshness of the spice, to be used at each individual's discretion. 

According to Today, after the post was published by the spice company, it has since been shared over 2,000 times.