Spices & Dehydrated Vegetables
Spices and dehydrated vegetables are raw ingredients that can harbor harmful pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli. They are often added to foods that will not undergo further cooking, and as such, are consumed as ready-to-eat products. Many of these foods are imported from countries with varying levels of food safety standards. Recently, the U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is calling on processors of spices and dehydrated vegetables to establish preventive food safety controls for both domestically produced and imported foods.