Spice Board EtO Contamination Guidelines

The Spices Board of India has introduced new guidelines to address the issue of ethylene oxide (EtO) contamination in exported spices following bans by Hong Kong and Singapore on popular Indian spice brands due to carcinogenic risks. The guidelines prohibit the use of EtO in the entire spice production chain, mandate regular testing and monitoring, and promote alternative sterilization methods. Additionally, they incorporate critical safety measures at all stages of spice processing and transportation. These measures aim to ensure the safety and quality of Indian spices, critical for maintaining and growing India’s significant share in the global spice market, valued at USD 4.25 billion. Ethylene oxide, a hazardous chemical used for sterilization, poses serious health risks, making these guidelines vital for consumer and workplace safety.

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