Sunday, 3 November 2013

FDA finds rodent hair and wood slivers in your imported spices

Here’s a short list of SOME of the stuff the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found in your spices: insects (live and dead whole insects and insect parts), excrement (animal, bird, and insect), hair (human, rodent, bat, cow, sheep, dog, cat and others), and other materials (decomposed parts, bird barbs, bird barbules, bird feathers, stones, twigs, staples, wood slivers, plastic, synthetic fibers, and rubber bands). Are you still holding your lunch?

According to a report released on Wednesday by the FDA, approximately 12 percent of the spices imported to the U.S. are adulterated with any number of items found in the aforementioned list. The New York Times notes almost seven percent of spice imports analyzed by the FDA were adulterated with salmonella.

So, what’s the good news?

“The bug parts aren’t going to harm you, but no one wants to eat those,” said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, according to ABC News. “The salmonella can cause disease, but probably less than you might think, because we tend to cook the spices. We tend to not use very many of them.”


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