Sambhar masala from MDH found with salmonella -recalled in USA

Food spices,masalas, additives all organic products are prone to decay and pests .
Processed masalas are more prone .
Today’s DC news about the recall of MDH sambar masalas due to presence of Salmonelle which gives rise to Typhoid, and other gastrointestinal symptoms are scary.
As always the life of Indian mixed spices are very short inspite of claims .Even three months under good preservation is too short.
My personal experience with using them is cautious .Prepare fresh after grinding and follow our elders advice.
Commercial angle always overtakes safety Untill you fall ill. more  

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Many issues are linked incontamination of masalas .sourcing of ingredients ,processing units ( domestic/ mechanised ,automatic .I had suffered a number times stomach upsets in various places and times over years after using various brands .No guarantee for the export product also as the shelf life is short if preserved well .
Refrigeration of opened packs may give some more life .
Other countries view salmonella contamination very seriously and even quarantine people and close food retailers if complaint is registered .Out break is difficult to contain. more  
We should revert back to our traditional system of grinding masalaas at the time of cooking foods, which is the best way to remain healthy. Irrespective of the manufacturer of packaged edibles/foods, it is certain that adequate care is not taken by them as far as cleanliness of the ingredients is concerned prior to grinding them and therefore, health hazards are always involved with such packaged items. However, life of these items could be lingered if stored in fridge. more  
Let FSSAI examine MDH sambar masalas and gives their opinion for the information of public. more  
All masalas do not inhibit or inactivate microbes, only a few do.
Life of ground masalas depend on number of factors :
(1) Quality of the starting material - if the starting material is spurious (e.g. part of the essential oil have been extracted by solvent extraction - which attracts fabulous price) or the raw material has been extended with such depleted masala;
(2) raw materials were not properly cleaned and dried;
(3) materials have been processed and packed in unhygienic or improper environment (e.g. under extreme humid environment);
(4) the package itself was substandard (not airtight).
Further, many of the famous branded materials are only in the outer packages. Inner materials are being produced in the backyard of many households and even in slums.
I had a poor experience on red chilly powder (hot variety), which is considered as on of the deadliest bactericide, developed mold. more  
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