This is probably applicable Worldwide
and worthwhile checking out for your own benefit.
Pathogens and Filth in Spices
Draft Risk Profile
From the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Food and Drug Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
In light of evidence calling into question the effectiveness of current control measures to reduce or prevent illness from consumption of spices in the United States, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) developed a risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices.
The objectives of the risk profile were to
- describe the nature and extent of the public health risk posed by consumption of spices in the United States by identifying the most commonly occurring microbial hazards and filth in spice
- describe and evaluate current mitigation and control options designed to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices in the United States
- identify potential additional mitigation and control options and
- identify critical data gaps and research needs.
The draft risk profile for pathogens and filth in spices provides information for FDA to use in the development of plans to reduce or prevent illness from spices contaminated by microbial pathogens and/or filth.
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