The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about spices from India. In a draft report, the FDA said almost 7 percent of spices they inspected over a three-year period between 2007 and 2010 were contaminated with salmonella, which of course can make people very sick. Insect fragments and animal hairs were found in 12 percent.
"Nearly all of the insects found in spice samples were stored product pests, indicating inadequate packing or storage conditions," the FDA said. "The presence of rodent hair without the root in spices generally is generally indicative of contamination by rodent feces."
The report said that imported spices were twice as like as other inspected foods to be contaminated.
We talked with a local grocer in Jersey City who said he keeps his spices sealed to keep food safe and throws out spices past their due date. Imported spices are one of the most popular items in his store.
The FDA said 14 known outbreaks have occurred around the world since 1973, causing almost 2,000 illnesses, many of which were in children.
With MyFoxNY.com staff