November 8, 2013
Authored by: Brandon Neuschafer
What is in all of those little spice containers in the your kitchen? According to the FDA, as recently reported by the New York Times, about 12% of spice imports are contaminated with “insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs, and other things.” Nearly 7% of spices imported contained salmonella. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA is looking at new rules to address food imported into the United States, including modifications to the foreign supplier verification program. Recent changes to those proposed rules, however, are seen by many to weaken the program. Those changes, which include eliminating the requirement for onsite audits and exemptions for importers doing less than $500,000 in business, would surely impact spice importers (as well as other food importers).