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Herbs and spices are essential to any diet that is rich in both flavor and nutrients. Some of them, such as turmeric and ginger, are known for their health beneficial properties, while others, such as peppermint and garlic, are known for their unique taste. Regardless of what you use herbs and spices for, it is important that you make sure to always go organic when choosing them.

Choosing organic herbs and spices is necessary, as non-organically grown ones often contain residue left by the use of harmful pesticides. Thankfully, it will be a whole lot easier to get your hands on these organic toppings, as one of the largest distributors of spices and herbs in the world, McCormick, is beginning to go almost completely organic!

McCormick Going Organic

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McCormick shook up the food industry and the holistic community at the same time when it announced that it would be switching to selling almost all organic herbs and spices in 2015. In a newsletter posted on the company’s website, they claimed that by September, 2016, almost all of their herb and spice products will be completely organic!

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“McCormick is making several important changes to its portfolio over the next 12 months,” read the article, which was posted to the company’s website in September, 2015. “The company announced that 80% of its Gourmet herbs & spices business in the U.S. will be Organic and Non-GMO by 2016.”

According to Lawrence Kurzius, the President and Chief Operating Officer of McCormick’s, the change was in response to an overwhelming demand by the company’s customers for organic herbs and spices.

“Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” Kurzius said. “Our effort to increase our Organic and Non-GMO offerings proves that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.”

9 months after the claim was made to begin the switch to organic products, McCormick’s seems to be coming through on its promise. More than 50% (62 out of 111) of all of McCormick’s herbs and spice products are now organic. With three months still left to go on their deadline, it seems that they are fairly close to reaching their goal of 80%.

Some of the spices that they are now selling organically include favorites such as basil, cayenne pepper, chili powder, nutmeg, cumin and many more. The organic products are identified by a green label with the words “Organic”, as McCormick is still currently selling the same products non-organically.

For more information of big companies opting for organic food products, click here.

Sources:

http://www.mccormickcorporation.com/News-Center/Flavor-Forward/Articles/2015/09/09/14/37/McCormick-Announces-Plans-to-Expand-Organic-and-Non-GMO-Offerings

http://www.mccormick.com/Gourmet/Spices-and-Flavors

http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agphome/documents/Pests_Pesticides/JMPR/Evaluation10/Spices.pdf

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