Food Safety & Technical Guidance

It is ASTA’s mission to ensure the supply of pure, safe spice. ASTA and it’s members are dedicated to promoting the safety and integrity of the spice supply chain. Supporting public health and protecting consumers is ASTA’s top priority.

ASTA provides a range of programs and publications and conducts research to ensure companies have the tools they need to meet that goal. The resources in this section are available free to members and many are also available free to non-members.  There is a fee for access to educational recordings.

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Analytical MethodsThe official Analytical Methods Manual of the American Spice Trade Association is available to members and industry professionals. ASTA also published the Microscopic Identification of Spice Manual as a reference text for the microscopic or histological identification of pure spices.

Adulteration and Contamination Prevention – Adulteration and food fraud can pose serious issues for companies. The most common examples of economically motivated adulteration involve the addition of materials to make a food seem more valuable and while this is frequently not a safety issue, it is of concern to the entire food industry. A number of resources are available from ASTA and other organizations to address adulteration and food fraud.

Microbial Safety – Due to the environments in which they are grown, spices and herbs often harbor microorganisms, including bacteria. These include potential spoilage organisms and pathogens of public health significance. This page includes information about the presence of microbiological hazards on spices and the control and mitigation of these hazards.This includes information about the presence of microbiological hazards on spices and the control and mitigation of these hazards.

Best Practices and Guidance – ASTA publications ensure companies have the tools they need to meet the goal of safety and integrity of the spice supply chain. These resources in this section are available free to members and many are also available free to non-members. There is a fee for access to educational recordings available.

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