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American Spice giant McCormick has agreed to stop selling spices to Iran
following a request by a Baltimore Jewish activist.
According to the
Baltimore Jewish News, attorney Jay Bernstein read in a New York Times article
that the US Treasury was still allocating licenses to local companies to conduct
business with Tehran despite the fact that the US sanctions the Islamic
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Among those companies, spice company McCromick was founded in
Bernstein’s home town in 1889 by a Jewish immigrant.
“It seemed that what
we could do is draw attention to McCormick and get them to reconsider,”
Bernstein was quoted by the Jewish News
Bernstein wrote to
officials in the company and shortly thereafter received word that McCormick
would “cease such sales as long as Iran is subject to the comprehensive
sanctions programs imposed by the US government.”
“Is it going to bring
down a regime? No,” Bernstein told the Baltimore paper.
showed a great example of corporate responsibility. And if more companies did
what they are doing, the regime in Iran would feel more pressure. It’s
gratifying that they were responsive.”