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MDH & Everest Masala: India Seeks Clarity from Singapore, Hong Kong Food Authorities Over MDH, Everest Masala Bans

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MDH & Everest Masala: In the MDH and Everest spice controversy, the American Spice Trade Association stated that ethylene oxide, reportedly detected in some products from these brands, is allowed for spice treatment in the US.

On Friday, the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) shared in a letter that both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have confirmed that consuming spices treated with ethylene oxide (ETO) is considered unsafe. This clarification follows actions taken by Hong Kong and Singapore against various spice products made by Indian brands MDH and Everest Food Products.

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Last month, Hong Kong halted the sales of three spice blends from MDH – Madras Curry Powder, Sambhar Masala Mixed Masala Powder, and Curry Powder Mixed Masala Powder. Additionally, an Everest spice mix for fish curry was also affected. Singapore followed suit by recalling the same Everest mix due to elevated levels of ethylene oxide. This chemical is unsafe for human consumption and poses a long-term cancer risk with prolonged exposure.

Reports indicate that health authorities in Singapore and Hong Kong discovered the cancer-causing pesticide “ethylene oxide” in these masalas, exceeding the acceptable limits.

On Friday, the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) reached out to Dr. KG Jagadeesha, Secretary of the Spices Board of India, to provide clarity regarding recent concerns about ethylene oxide (ETO) usage in spices exported to the US. They acknowledged media reports about Indian spices being rejected in Singapore and Hong Kong due to ETO residues.

MDH & Everest Masala

“In response to these recent events, we want to clarify the use of ethylene oxide (ETO) and the food safety regulations concerning spices imported into the United States,” reported news agency ANI, citing the letter.

The letter also mentioned that ethylene oxide is presently allowed for treating spices in the US. It highlighted that banning this essential treatment method could lead to unintended consequences regarding Indian spices’ compliance with US food safety rules.

The letter explained that ethylene oxide is an authorized antimicrobial fumigant in the US. Furthermore, both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have confirmed that consuming spices treated with ethylene oxide is unsafe, as stated in ASTA’s letter.

Link to RASSF website – https://tinyurl.com/58euuuby

MDH and Everest products are widely loved in India, and they’re also available in Europe, Asia, and North America.

According to Reuters, the companies denied the allegations and assured that their products are safe. However, India’s top food regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), instructed state food commissioners to gather samples of major spice brands from manufacturing units across India for testing the presence of ETO.

In addition, the Spices Board issued an advisory circular to inform exporters about ETO contamination and provide detailed guidelines to address the issue.

Note: This blog is inspired by Dhruv Rathi’s video & some news articles read in recent days.

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