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Shri Shiva recalls sambar powder; FDA found Salmonella in it

Shri Shiva Foods Inc. is recalling MTR branded sambar powder because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company, based in Long Island City, NY, sold the packaged sambar powder from January through October through two wholesalers, one in New York and one in Ohio. Distribution beyond the wholesale level is not included in the recall… Continue Reading

Six brands of turmeric added to recall for excessive lead

A New Jersey company has expanded its recall of ground turmeric to include additional brands distributed nationwide. Excessive lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children, has been confirmed in the spice. Gel Spice Inc. of Bayonne, NJ, initially recalled its Fresh Finds branded ground turmeric the last week of July. “Routine… Continue Reading

UPDATED: More turmeric recalled because of lead; supplier not named

UPDATED CONTENT Aug. 8 — JM Exotic updated its recall notice, reporting that the recalled turmeric was solely distributed to a farmer’s market in Doraville, GA, from May until August. An Alabama company is recalling ground turmeric because samples from an unnamed supplier have been found to contain excessive levels of lead. JM Exotic Foods Inc. of… Continue Reading

Forget your wallet — what’s in your spice rack?

The federal government has been trying to figure out what’s in your spice rack for several years now, and with the completion of a 24-month reconnaissance mission the Food and Drug Administration is ready to begin its homework. Previous government research had revealed that the presence of pathogens, in particular Salmonella, is a “systemic challenge” in the… Continue Reading

Carob Powder, Brownies Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Glaser Organic Farms is recalling raw carob powder and carob fudgy brownies for possible Salmonella contamination. The following recalled products were distributed from May 7, 2014, and July 23, 2014: RAW CAROB POWDER 8 ounces Lot# 0507081456 I UPC Code 83291005567 CAROB FUDGY BROWNIE 5.5 ounces Lot# 0207211406 I UPC Code 832910002061 Consumers who have purchased these… Continue Reading

Codex Adopts Limits on Lead in Infant Formula, Arsenic in Rice

At the its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted a number of new standards, including maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. The commission was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health… Continue Reading

Costco Black Pepper Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

On Friday, Olde Thompson Inc. of Oxnard, CA, issued a recall of its Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper due to potential Salmonella contamination. The product comes in 12.7-ounce plastic jars with a best-before date of March 2017 and UPC code: 096619164998. The lot numbers are OT 065099, OT 065169, OT 065254, OT 065255, OT… Continue Reading

Comment Period Extended for Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period for its “Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices,” which was first released in October and given a Jan. 3, 2014, deadline for comments, scientific data and other information. FDA announced Tuesday that the new deadline for the profile will be March 3, 2014…. Continue Reading

Imports and Exports: Microbial-Reduction Techniques Address the Unique Structures of Spices

Between 1973 and 2010, there were 14 outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to contaminated spices worldwide. After several recent large-scale Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. were associated with contaminated spices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began a major investigation into spice safety. Since more 80 percent of the spices in American kitchens come from… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Draft Report on Pathogens and Filth in Imported Spices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft of its spice risk profile on Wednesday, calling attention to the most common microbial hazards and filth in spices, along with possible sources of contamination. The agency’s testing between 2007 and 2010 revealed that 12 percent of imported spices were contaminated with insects, excrement, hair and other… Continue Reading