After Hong Kong, Will Australia Ban MDH, Everest Spices? Know Here

In a recent development, the US FDA is gathering additional information on the ban and allegations put on the company, and India is reportedly inspecting the plants of MDH and Everest.
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Will Australia ban MDH and Everest spices in the country? | Representational Image

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Following the bans imposed by Hong Kong and food recall by Singapore on Indian spice companies MDH and Everest due to alleged contamination found in the product, Australia's Food Safety Department has also begun investigating these companies. The department stated, they are assessing the need for a food recall, if necessary.
Earlier this month, Hong Kong banned the sale of three MDH spice blends and an Everest mix for fish curry while Singapore ordered a recall of the Everest mix. The concern was the alleged high level of ethylene oxide in these products, deemed unfit for human consumption. There were also warnings about the long-term health risks, including a high cancer risk, associated with prolonged exposure to these spices.
Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) confirmed the presence of ethylene oxide in samples collected from retail outlets in Tsim Sha Tsui, prompting them to instruct vendors to stop sales and remove the affected products from shelves.
Reuters reported that Food Standards Australia New Zealand is collaborating with international counterparts to investigate the issue and working with federal, state, and territory food enforcement agencies to determine if further action is necessary in Australia. They stated, "Ethylene oxide is not permitted to be used as a treatment for foods sold in Australia," indicating a potential recall of the products.
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