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Salmonella contamination in spices

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Source: Business Standard


Context: Over the past six months, US customs authorities have rejected 31% of all spice-related shipments from Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) due to salmonella contamination concerns.


About Salmonella: 

  • Salmonella is a genus of bacteria that can cause food poisoning in humans.
  • It is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness worldwide.
  • Salmonella bacteria typically infect the intestinal tract and can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting.
  • Contamination usually occurs through the consumption of contaminated food or water, particularly raw or undercooked poultry, eggs, meat, and dairy products.
  • Proper food handling, cooking, and hygiene practices are essential for preventing salmonella infections.