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Are Dirt, Bugs, Hair, Salmonella mixed into your Spices

Dirt, Bugs, Hair, Salmonella may be mixed into Spices

Stop, before you put pepper on your food read the new FDA Risk Profile: Pathogens and Filth in spices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft risk profile entitled "FDA Draft Risk Profile: Pathogens and Filth in spices". A risk profile is a science-based document that describes the current state of knowledge related to a specific food safety issue, describes mitigation and control mechanisms currently available and identifies critical knowledge gaps. The risk profile was initiated in response to recent outbreaks of human illness caused by the consumption of Salmonella-contaminated spices in the United States.

The study’s findings suggest that the presence of pathogens, such as Salmonella, and filth in spices is a systemic challenge. Failures identified in the farm-to-table food safety system potentially leading to adulteration of consumed spice generally arose from poor/inconsistent application of appropriate preventive controls. The study identified 14 spice/seasoning-associated outbreaks worldwide that occurred from 1973 to 2010, resulting in less than 2,000 reported human illnesses and 128 hospitalizations worldwide.

FDA Risk Profile: Pathogens and Filth in spices. FDA is requesting comments to be submitted to the Federal Register by January 3, 2014.

Sources:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/UCM367337.pdf

Federal Register Notice:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-26119.pdf

FDA’s announcement of the release of the report can be accessed at:
http://www.fda.gov/food/newsevents/constituentupdates/ucm372995.htm

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