Tag: food and drug administration

Baltimore Companies Say They Clean the Insect Parts and Animal Hair out of Their Spices



Recently, the FDA released a report stating that “almost 7¬†percent of imported spices inspected over a three-year period were contaminated with salmonella” and 12 percent contained “insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things.”

Other things?!

Two of Maryland’s spice makers, Vanns Spices and McCormick & Co. Inc., have defended themselves against those statistics. They tacitly acknowledge that insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs, and even “other things” are an unavoidable part of the spice game, but they say they inspect, clean, and pasteurize their products to make them fit for consumption.