Here’s one to watch: According to The Washington Post, the FDA said the government wants the spice industry to do more to prevent food contamination. That would involve using several treatment methods, including irradiation.
This news comes after a string of salmonella illnesses linked to black and red pepper—and after 16 U.S. recalls since 2001 of tainted spices.
Legislation is pending in the Senate that would require food companies to take more steps to avoid contamination. The measure would also mandate that importers verify the safety of foreign suppliers and imported foods. The House overwhelmingly approved the bill last year, according to the Post.
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