Cancer-causing substances have been discovered in spices sold across Lebanon, the Ministry of Health said recently.(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Spices are among the latest food products to receive scrutiny from the Health Ministry's ongoing food safety campaign.According to food safety specialists, spice contamination happens long before products hit market shelves. Contamination is not related to the type of spice, but rather, unsafe storage conditions, which serve as the breeding ground for aflatoxins. Storing mold and fungus-laced spices alongside clean spices can lead to cross-contamination.Short-term effects of exposure include mild physical discomfort, while exposure over the long term to the B1 aflatoxin, which was repeatedly found in the ministry's spice samples, can lead to cancer.Houmani stressed the importance of storing spices in dry places "so that bacteria will not grow".She said the ministry's spice investigation is continuing as part of the broader food safety campaign that was launched in November 2014 .
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