Selangor Journal

Health Ministry halts sales of foreign spice products containing carcinogen

PUTRAJAYA, May 28 — The Health Ministry (MOH) has issued an order to immediately halt the sale of two Indian spice products, Everest Fish Curry Masala and MDH Curry Powder, which are suspected to contain ethylene oxide.

It called on traders, including online sellers with stocks of these products, to cease sales, while all e-commerce platforms and social media were urged to stop advertisements for these food items immediately.

“Ethylene oxide, often used to kill pests, also controls microbiological contamination in spices from bacteria, viruses and fungi and acts as an active ingredient in cleaning agents.

“Its use in food and food-contact materials is not permitted due to its carcinogenic nature,” MOH said in a statement today.

A review of data via Malaysia’s Food Safety Information System (FoSIM) until April revealed only one importation of the Everest Fish Curry Masala brand.

The ministry reported no imports of the MDH Curry Powder brand into Malaysia.

“The ministry, via the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM), conducts ongoing inspections and enforcement at entry points nationwide,” MOH said.

Currently, it is monitoring aflatoxin, heavy metals and pesticide residues in spice products at all entry points into the country.

Monitoring from 2019 to April found that 43 samples met legal food safety requirements.

“MOH remains vigilant and concerned about anything that might endanger consumer safety,” said the ministry

— Bernama

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