Food Safety Practices Guidance For Spice Manufacturers

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). 2013. Food recalls and Allergy Alerts - High-risk

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 4, 2010. Investigation update: Multistate outbreak of human Salmonella Montevideo infections.

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Acts and Regulations

  • Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations
  • Food and Drugs Act
  • Food and Drug Regulations
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Codex Alimentarius Comission. FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. 1995. Code of Hygienic Practice for Spices and Dried Aromatic Plants. - PDF (46 kb) CAC/RCP 42 -1995.

Codex Alimentarius Commission. FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. 2003. Recommended International Code of Practice - General Principles of Food Hygiene. - PDF (234 kb) CAC/RCP 1-1969, Rev. 4.

Other Resources

American Spice Trade Association. February 2006. HACCP Guide for Spices and Seasonings.

International Pepper Community. Code of Hygienic Practice for Pepper and Other Spices.

Schweiggert, U., Carle, R., Schieber, A. 2007. Conventional and alternative processes for spice production – a review. Trends Food Sci. Technol. 18: 260-268.

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