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28 out of 34 spices samples of MDH, Everest find no traces of cancer-causing chemicals: FSSAI

May 23,2024

New Delhi: Spices play a key role in making the Indian culinary experiences a worthy one. But, the recent buzz about contamination of spice mixes by MDH and Everest with cancer-causing chemical called Ethylene oxide has raised eyebrows and concerns in the national and international market.

Keeping the same in view, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently collected samples from across India and released the report.

FSSAI recently announced that it did not find ethylene oxide (ETO), a food contaminant flagged by foreign countries, in MDH and Everest product samples.

As per a report by ANI, FSSAI made the announcement after testing of the samples of spices sold by the two companies.

It is reported that FSSAI collected 34 samples of Everest and MDH spices for testing, 9 from Everest’s facilities in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and 25 from those of MDH’s in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.

According to the same ANI report, the tests also included several parameters including moisture content, insect and rodent contamination, heavy metals, aflatoxins, and pesticide residues.

The samples were tested for ethylene oxide at NABL-accredited laboratories as well. The FSSAI received around 28 lab reports so far and the chemical was found absent in them. However, the body awaits the results from 6 more samples.

If reports are to be believed, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said that it had already been issuing early warning alerts for ETO in various spices from India since before January 2023.

Source: Healthworld

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