May 28, 2020

FDA Publishes Risk Profile of Pathogens and Filth in Spices

Did you know that spices can contain pathogenic bacteria and filth? The FDA has published the 2017 Risk Profile of Pathogens and Filth in Spices to "describe the nature and extend of the pubic health risk posed by consumption of spices in the U.S." The report identifies the most commonly occurring microbial hazards in spices, and evaluates the current mitigation and control options. There have been recalls of these types of products for possible bacterial contamination in the past few years. In October 2017, for example, Spicely Organics recalled tarragon for possible Salmonella contamination. And in 2014, some Costco pepper was recalled, also for Salmonella. The draft risk profile did identify Salmonella as the pathogen most commonly associated with human illness that was … [Read more...]

Yu Yee Black Pepper Recalled for Salmonella

Summit Import Corp. of Jersey City, NJ, is recalling Yu Yee brand Black Pepper Powder for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Salmonella can cause serious sometimes fatal infections. The recall pepper was packed in clear plastic 19.4oz bottles with the lot No. WH76 and distributed to some Asian retail stores on the East Coast. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody.  Those most at risk are children, seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported.   … [Read more...]

Spiceco Recalls Paprika for Undeclared Peanuts

Update: The recalled paprika was not distributed to Virginia, as stated in the original FDA recall announcement. This post has been updated to reflect that change. Spiceco of New Jersey is recalling Pride of Szeged Paprika because it may contain peanut allergens. Tests by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture discovered the allergen in a sample of the product. People with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Pride of Szeged Sweet Hungarian Paprika with lot number 091617PAHU05PS.  It is packaged in a metal tin with the lot number on the lower edge of the lid. It was sold between September 18, 2014 and October 13, 2014, and sold to distributors located  in Illinois, … [Read more...]

Achiote Molido Ground Annato Spice Recalled for Salmonella

Miravalle Foods Inc. of El Monte, CA, is recalling achiote molido, also called ground annato spice because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchases this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled product was sold in 0.75 ounce packages at retail stores in California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Oregon. The clear plastic bags are marked with lot # 0015 & #0018 on the top of the UPC number (712810005020). The company has suspended production during the investigation of the problem. Although no illnesses were reported at the time of the recall, Salmonella can cause illness. Young children, seniors, women who are pregnant and others with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Symptoms of a … [Read more...]

FDA Releases Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices

Over the years, there have been recalls for pathogens and filth in spices. The USDA recently completed a report about the risk of Salmonella in imported spices. In that report, scientists found that about 14% of spices from Mexico were contaminated. The FDA has now released a draft profile on the risk of contamination in spices and the steps it plans to take to improve safety. Pathogens found in spices range from Salmonella, Bacillus, Clostridium perfringens, Cronobacter, Shigella, and Staphylococcus aureus. Filth adulterants include insects, excrement, hair, and other materials such as decomposed parts, wood slivers, twigs, staples, stones, plastic, and rubber bands. During the time period of 1973 - 2010, fourteen illness outbreak were attributed to the consumption of … [Read more...]

USDA Research Finds Salmonella in Imported Spices

When we cook and bake, we are concerned with foods safety. We wash our hands after preparing raw chicken or other meats, wash produce before eating, avoid cross-contamination, and use a food thermometer to check the temperature of meat dishes. But not many people think about spices as a source of foodborne illness. The USDA, in a response to increased concerns about the safety of spices we buy, initiated research to discover the prevalence of Salmonella in imported spices. Shipments of imported spices were sampled during the fiscal years 2007 to 2009. Scientists found a wide diversity of Salmonella strains in these spices. About 8.3% of the samples contained antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains. The researchers also found that a larger proportion of spice shipments derived from … [Read more...]

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