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FDA updates spice risk profile; 7,200 samples analyzed

Four years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk profile on the public health dangers associated with spices, identifying the presence of pathogens such as Salmonella and filth in general. It described efforts to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices and identified control options to prevent contamination…. Continue Reading

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