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…

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. spiceassortment-406 Previous government research had revealed that the presence of pathogens, in particular Salmonella, is…

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…

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…