According to the latest reports, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) have found disease-causing bacteria in the renowned “MDH” brand’s “Sambar Masala”. According to the officials, the masala contains salmonella bacteria, which causes salmonellosis, a common food borne disease with symptoms such as – diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps. The product is produced by R Pure Agro Specialities and distributed by the House of Spices (India). The product was tested by the FDA through a certified laboratory and found results positive for salmonella. The company has recalled at least three batches of the product from the U.S. earlier in the week.
Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella causes illness, which usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some cases, people were diagnosed with diarrhoea, which was so severe that it required hospitalization. Adults over 60 years, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe symptoms.
Based on the US FDA results, the House of Spices issued a statement last week and said “Consumers who have purchased the MDH SAMBAR MASALA, 3.5 oz (100g) are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund”.