Misplaced Concerns about Toxic Residue in Spices?

Dr Sanjay Indani, Director-Technical, ASK SafeFoodz Solutions

Misplaced Concerns about Toxic Residue in Spices? While upholding the integrity of India’s thriving spice trade, in light of the recent discussions about the presence of Ethylene Oxide (EtO) in spices, it is only appropriate to address all related concerns. By employing a scientific approach and emphasising risk assessment, we can navigate these discussions effectively. Let’s explore further.

Firstly, it’s essential to understand the role of EtO in the sterilisation of spices, ensuring safety by minimising microbial contamination. However, concerns arise due to potential health risks associated with EtO residue in spices. Here, rigorous testing protocols and adherence to safety standards become imperative. India’s spice industry, renowned for its diversity and quality, can maintain its reputation by prioritising consumer safety and transparent communication. Collaborative efforts between stakeholders, including government agencies, spice producers, and international regulators, can foster trust and ensure the sustainability of this vital sector. By embracing scientific evidence and proactive measures, we can strike a balance between ensuring food safety and supporting the economic vitality of India’s spice trade.

Why is EtO used for Export? Ethylene Oxide (EtO) serves as a strategic tool in the spice industry, particularly for fumigation purposes in export scenarios. Its targeted application ensures compliance with stringent international quality standards, specifically concerning microbial contamination. This focused use of EtO allows spice producers to maintain the integrity of their products, meeting the necessary criteria for export and facilitating smooth trade relations with international partners.

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