The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) in Germany has called on manufacturers and importers to increase checks to ensure the safety of spices.

Industry is responsible for the quality and compliance of spices with maximum residue levels. The agency told those involved in the sector, particularly paprika and chili powder players, to strengthen their controls so that goods failing to meet legal requirements are not placed on the market.

Because of production, processing and storage methods, spices such as chili powder, pepper or paprika sometimes contain mycotoxins, residues of pesticides or heavy metals. However, as spices
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TJX Companies Inc. is recalling “ecoato” Sweet Paprika Powder products as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was noted after spot testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the presence of Salmonella in some samples of the product.

Upon learning of the potential risk from FDA, the company alerted its stores to remove the product from store shelves immediately and has put in place additional measures to prevent sales of the product.

The specific product being recalled comes in a 160-gram, light-green tin package and is marked as lot #8147,
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