Spices are dried plant products used to enhance the flavor of foods. Their safety and wholesomeness are of utmost concern to the spice industry, their customers, consumers, and regulators. As with any agricultural product, safety, quality, and consistency of a spice product may be compromised by one or all of the many processes it undergoes between the farm and table.
The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) has sponsored many programs to assist its members in assuring that spices sold to food processors and consumers are safe and wholesome.
This guide focuses specifically on the spice manufacturing environment, and combines recommendations and best practices from ASTA member companies.
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