Spices are a delicious way to add flavor to your food. Many spices even have extra health and nutrition benefits—chili powder can help boost metabolism and ginger can help soothe your stomach. Recently the FDA reported in Food Microbiology that some imported spices have been contaminated with Salmonella, causing illnesses and deaths. The FDA is scheduled to release a more detailed report later this year on spice safety.
If this news has you questioning the safety of your spices and what you can do, here are a few tips:
1. Check the FDA website to see if any of your spices (or other foods) have been recalled: http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/
2. Heating spices during cooking, the same way you would cook raw chicken and eggs, kills germs. So add spices while you’re cooking rather than adding them at the table, and don’t use uncooked spices on raw foods like salads.
Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D. , Food News Blog , Cooking tips , Food & health news , Nutrition
Lisa D'Agrosa is EatingWell's associate nutrition editor. She earned her master's degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and attended the dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian.
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