‘MDH Sambhar Masala’ withdrawn from the US Market- Know why?

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‘MDH Sambhar Masala’ withdrawn from the US Market- Know why?


The famous Indian spice brand MDH spices were carrying salmonella bacteria and selling of these spices was immediately stopped. This incident happened in North Carolina were salmonella bacteria was found in MDH sambhar spices. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the US, is investigating this case themselves.

People have the right to know about this bacteria and what are its effects. Official website of FDA revels the harmful causes of this bacteria that – consuming any food having this bacteria can cause salmonellosis as this is a common food bacteria. It can also lead to many food-borne diseases.

To find if you have salmonellosis, you will suffer from these symptoms-

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever within 3 days after eating and you will stay ill for almost a week.

Well, this is not a dangerous bacteria but it can harm older people and small babies as they have a weak immune system and consuming food with salmonella bacteria can make their immune system even weaker.

MDH History

Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) is an Indian spice brand, they produce and sell spices all over the world and they are based in New Delhi, India.

MDH was set up as a Masala company by Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati in the year 1919 in Sialkot which is in Pakistan now concerning ‘Mahashay Chunni Lal Charitable Trust’.

After the partition of India his son, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati moved to Delhi and opened a hut-like shop and he began to sell spices as his father used to do. He expanded by opening a real shop at Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh, New Delhi and started to scale his company. Later in 1959 is bough a plot in Kirti Nagar and setup his factory.

He didn’t stop there; he goes on to set up 15 factories becoming a leader in spice manufacture in India.

He built all this based on good quality products at an affordable price, he also quotes that he donates almost 90% of his income to charity.

Dharmpal was awarded as the highest-paid Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in the year 2017. He takes almost Rs. 21 cr. as a salary and in this year he was awarded by Padma Bhushan by our president Ram Nath Kovind for trade and industry.

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