EU Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in 527 Indian Food Items

EU Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in 527 Indian Food Items
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The Facts

  • According to a report from the Deccan Herald, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found 527 ethylene oxide — a carcinogenic chemical — linked to Indian food items, including nuts, sesame seeds, herbs and spices, and dietetic foods.

  • Between Sept. 2020 and Apr. 2024, the ESFA's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) noted 499 flagged cases of foods of direct Indian origin containing ethylene oxide.


The Spin

Narrative A

The reports of Indian spices having higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals are fabricated and aimed at tarnishing Indian spice manufacturing companies, which uphold strict hygiene and safety standards in their manufacturing facilities and have been household names among Indian families both domestically and abroad for decades.

Narrative B

These allegations should be taken seriously, as they raise concerns over food and safety standards in India and highlight the widespread presence of a carcinogenic pesticide that should never be used in food products. Food safety regulators worldwide should monitor Indian spices to ensure their content aligns with the latest regulations.


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