Spice row: MDH, Everest spices now under Australia food safety agency’s scanner

The agency said that ethylene oxide is not permitted to be used as a treatment for foods sold in Australia. It added that ‘further action’ could involve a potential recall. Singapore too had ordered a recall of the Everest mix, while Hong Kong suspended sales of three MDH spice blends.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has reportedly sought details from Hong Kong and Singapore food safety regulators after the ban of certain spices exported by Indian spice brands MDH and Everest. The government has also sought details from MDH and Everest companies. 

The ban on MDH and Everest spices comes due to the alleged presence of pesticide 'ethylene oxide' beyond permissible limits in its spice. The brands had previously said that their products are safe for consumption. The brands, two of the most popular spice brands in India, are also sold in Europe, Asia and North America.


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