Industry body advises distributors to limit storage of packaged spices

In an advisory sent to its members, the All India Consumer Products Distributors Federation (AICPDF) has cautioned distributors to limit the stocking of packaged masala products.

The advisory comes at a time when some Indian spice brands are under intense scrutiny and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is in the process of testing samples of spices from different brands on quality and safety parameters across India. Base.

“There is a high probability that these brands will come under the radar of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and necessary measures will be taken to protect human health,” AICPDF said in its advisory. This could potentially have a significant impact on the sales of these products. Therefore, AIPDF urges you to exercise caution regarding bulk storage of these products.

The industry body represents distributors of the FMCG industry.

“Distributors usually have 35-60 days of stock,” said Dhairysheel Patil, national president of AICPDF. In a situation when restrictions are imposed on certain brands, heavy stocking may result in dead investments, and retailers may be left with damaged stock.'

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“We advise you to proceed with caution and restrict yourself from stocking these products to limited extent until clearance is obtained from the necessary authorities.” the industry body said.

Late last month, FSSAI had directed states to collect samples of spices from major manufacturing units. Officials told earlier businessline Extensive testing is being conducted on a comprehensive set of safety and quality parameters. The samples are being tested for physical and chemical parameters like pesticide residues, metal contaminants, Salmonella besides biological parameters.

In April, Hong Kong's food safety regulator recalled three products from MDH and one product from Everest over the presence of ethylene oxide in excess of permissible limits.

After this order, Singapore's food safety regulator also withdrew one of Everest's products. Both MDH and Everest have denied these claims in their statements and have said that their products are safe for consumption. This has led public health advocates and consumers to question the safety of Indian spice products.

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