Now, New Zealand probes MDH and Everest over possible contamination

This comes after Hong Kong and Singapore banned the sale of some spice blends sold by the two brands over the alleged detection of carcinogenic pesticides.

MDH and Everest are in trouble, again. New Zealand’s food safety regulator is looking into potential contamination in spice products sold by the two brands, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

This comes after some packaged spices by MDH and Everest were banned in Hong Kong and Singapore allegedly because of the presence of carcinogenic pesticide ethylene oxide. Hong Kong’s Centre For Food Safety found that MDH’s Madras Curry Powder, Sambhar Masala Mixed Masala Powder and Curry Powder Mixed Masala Powder, along with Everest’s Fish Curry Masala, contained pesticide residue. (Also read: Cerelac, IndiGo’s upma, masalas: Indian packaged foods fail to make …


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