31 Aug '13, 12am

Salmonella in Your Spice Rack?

Salmonella in Your Spice Rack?

In the past there have been rampant salmonella outbreaks in lettuce, sprouts, and even peanut butter, but now it’s time to be wary of a surprising source — your spice rack. In a recently published study by the FDA , high levels of imported spices were shown to be contaminated with salmonella. Around 20,000 shipments were tested between 2007 to 2009, uncovering that a whopping 7 percent of all imported spices tested positive for salmonella. Fo salmonella contamination to occur, the bacterium (which is passed through the waste products of animals and birds) must be present in trace amounts on the ground or in the water supply where the spices are grown/harvested/processed. As many spices are laid out on the ground to dry in the sun, the slightest contamination can be more difficult to prevent. Symptoms of salmonella include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that begin be...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/salmonella-in-your-spice...

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