Rajasthan Govt Finds Samples Of MDH, Everest Spices Unfit For Consumption


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Jun 14, 2024


India’s Rajasthan state has raised alarms over the safety of certain spice products from popular brands MDH and Everest, following tests that found them “unsafe” for consumption. This development comes amid increasing global scrutiny over alleged contamination of these widely used spices.

Rajasthan Govt Finds Samples Of MDH, Everest Spices Unfit For Humans

Allegations of Contamination

In April, Hong Kong suspended sales of three MDH spice blends and one Everest blend, citing high levels of ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic pesticide. This action triggered regulatory reviews in India and other countries. Singapore subsequently ordered a recall of the Everest mix, and nations such as New Zealand, the United States, and Australia announced they were investigating the matter. The UK has also imposed additional controls on all spices imported from India, reflecting the serious concerns about contamination.

Rajasthan’s Findings

Rajasthan state conducted its own tests and identified a batch of Everest spice mix and two batches of MDH spices as unsafe. This information was detailed in a private letter from Shubhra Singh, a senior health official, to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Although the letter’s contents have not been publicly disclosed, it has been seen by Reuters.

Singh emphasized the urgency of addressing the contamination, urging state authorities in Gujarat and Haryana, where the batches were produced, to take immediate action.

Industry Responses

Both MDH and Everest have defended the safety of their products. Everest responded to the Rajasthan government’s findings by stating that it does not add pesticides during manufacturing and packaging. MDH has not yet commented on the issue.

Despite these reassurances, Rajasthan authorities seized 12,000 kilograms of various spices due to alleged contamination. The state collected numerous spice samples in May and reported that some contained very high levels of pesticides and insecticides.

Impact on the Spice Industry

India is the world’s largest exporter, producer, and consumer of spices, with a domestic market valued at $10.44 billion in 2022. The recent contamination allegations could significantly impact consumer trust and international trade.

Moving Forward

The FSSAI and Shubhra Singh have not responded to requests for comment, leaving the public and international markets in suspense. As the situation develops, there will likely be increased pressure on regulatory bodies to ensure the safety of spice products.

Conclusion

The allegations against MDH and Everest highlight the critical importance of stringent quality control in the spice industry. With India being a major player in the global spice market, the resolution of these safety concerns is essential for maintaining consumer confidence and international trade relations.


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