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Ban on import and sale of 4 spices of two Indian brands

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Nepal has banned the import of some spices of two brands from India. The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control has banned the import of 4 types of spices of Indian brands MDH and Everest.

Ban on import and sale of 4 spices of two Indian brands

Hong Kong and Singapore have banned the import of these spices because they contain harmful 'ethylene oxide'. Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Singapore Food Agency have banned and based on the news in various media, the Department has also banned four kinds of spices.

The department has decided to stop the import and distribution of MDH's Madras Curry Powder, Sambar Masala Mixed Spice Powder, Curry Powder Mixed Spice and Everest Brand Fish Curry Spice. The said masala of MDH has a packing of 100 grams and Everest of 50 grams. The department has decided to immediately suspend the import permit of these spices and inform the Food Import Export Quality Certification Offices at the point of import. "A letter has been sent to the concerned office to ban the import of some Indian brands of spices," said Matina Joshi Vaidya, director general of the department, while informing about the latest decision. The

department has also instructed the importer to return the product of the mentioned brand if it is in the market. Also, the National Food and Feed Reference Laboratory has been asked to give high priority to the 'Ethylene Oxide' test. Ethylene oxide is a chemical that can cause cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has placed it in group-1 of carcinogenic chemicals. According to IARC, it can lead to various cancers including breast cancer.

After Singapore and Hong Kong banned the import of Indian spices, various countries of the world have raised questions about its quality and food safety. India is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of spice production and export. According to the BBC, India exports about $4 billion worth of spices annually, which is 12 percent of world spice exports.

Nepal also imports spices from India in large quantities. In the 9 months of this financial year, Nepal has imported various spices worth about 8 billion rupees from India. Every year, Nepal has been importing chilli and pepper from India worth about 2 billion rupees.

According to the international news agency Reuters, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also studying Indian MDH and Everest spices. The FDA is aware of the news about this. We are gathering more information about this," Reuters quoted an FDA spokesperson as saying. New Zealand and Australia have also stated that they are investigating this closely.

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