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MDH, Everest row: Australia is the latest country to put spice makers on watch list – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) on Tuesday announced it is investigating allegations of contamination linked to spice blends produced by Indian companies mdh And Everest, This may lead to a recall of these products following similar actions in Australia hong kong And Singapore,

Hong Kong recently stopped the sale of three MDH spice blends and one Everest blend for fish curry. Singapore also issued a recall for the Everest blend, citing excessive levels of ethylene oxide, a chemical linked to cancer with prolonged exposure.

“We are working with international counterparts to understand this issue and with federal, state and territory food enforcement agencies to determine whether further action is needed in Australia,” FSANZ said in a statement. No.” The agency stated that “Ethylene oxide is not permitted to be used as a treatment for foods sold in Australia.” Potential further action may include recalling the affected products.

MDH and Everest, both leading spice brands in India, have a significant presence in Europe, Asia and North America.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also investigating the matter, while Indian authorities have recently conducted inspections at the production facilities of both MDH and Everest.

The increasing scrutiny on these spice brands reflects growing concerns over food safety standards and international regulatory responses to potential health risks. As the investigation continues, Australian consumers are advised to remain informed about the potential recall and ensure the safety of their food purchases.

With inputs from Reuters

  • Published on April 30, 2024 at 12:21 pm IST

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