Sambhar masala from MDH found with salmonella -recalled in USA
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
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
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