Contaminated spices can cause salmonella
You may want to think twice before reaching for the spice rack. According to an analysis by the Food and Drug Administration, imported spices are twice more likely to be contaminated than other imported food.
Over three years, the FDA found that 7 percent of spices contained salmonella and 12 percent contained insect parts, rodent hair or other dirt. More than 80 different types of salmonella were found. Many shipments were refused entry into the U.S. Mexico and India had the highest contamination rate. Majority of the spices in the U.S. are imported from other countries.
The FDA says new safety rules should help reduce the contamination issue. These findings may also be helpful in combating salmonella illness, which affects 1.2 million Americans annually.
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