MDH and Everest: 2 Spice Brands from India Facing Global Scrutiny

MDH and Everest, 2 Spice Brands from India Facing Global Scrutiny

MDH and Everest, 2 Spice Brands from India Facing Global Scrutiny (Source: depositphotos)

For a long time, India’s spice kings MDH and Everest have been omnipresent in kitchens all over the planet with their items being fundamental fixings in chicken and fish curries and vegetable dishes.

A Hong Kong restriction on a portion of their items after a cancer-causing pesticide was found has set off a rush of examination, including the US, the Maldives, India, and Australia. The two brands say their items are safe.


MDH was launched in the year 1919 in New Delhi as a family-run business. MDH started to become a household name when it began mass advertising its products. The promotions mainly included the founder Dharmapal Gulati, often known as India’s ‘Spice King’ with his handlebar mustache and turban. MDH’s site says it has 62 items. It deals in grounded spices, as well as spice blends which were made following quite a while of examination and research. MDH has five manufacturing plants, and its items are sold in India and markets like Australia, the US, Europe, Canada, and the United Kingdom through a web of nearly 400,000 retail vendors. MDH’s income for 2022-2023 remained at $260 million.


 Everest Food Products began in 1967 with three items. Its founder Vadilal Bhai Shah began his business from a small 200-square-foot flavor shop. Around 20 million families use Everest items consistently and 3.7 billion packs of its items are sold every year, as per its site. Around 620,000 outlets sell Everest items in 1,000 small towns and suburban areas of India.  With 52 items, Everest today has a worldwide presence in around 80 nations, including North America, Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific, and Africa.

India’s Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan are Everest brand ambassadors, showing up together in numerous television advertisements to promote its products, particularly those to make the renowned rice dish, biryani.

Famous Indian zest brand MDH, under scrutiny for supposed defilement in certain items, has seen a normal 14.5% of its U.S. shipments dismissed since 2021 because of the presence of bacteria, a Reuters examination of U.S. regulatory information found. Hong Kong suspended deals last month of three spice mixes made by MDH and one by one more Indian organization, Everest, for clearly containing elevated degrees of a cancer-causing pesticide. Ethylene oxide is ill-suited for human utilization and a cancer risk with long exposure.

The organizations have said their items are safe and MDH added it doesn’t use ethylene oxide at any phase of putting away, handling, or pressing of flavors. Experts in the US, Australia, and India are investigating the matter.

The two brands are famous in India and are sold out around the world. India is the world’s greatest spice maker and is likewise the biggest consumer and exporter of spices. Zion Market Research estimates India’s homegrown market was valued at $10.44 billion in 2022, and the Spices Board said India traded items worth $4 billion during 2022-23.

Around 20% or 13 of MDH’s 65 shipments to the US were dismissed after it failed checks for salmonella between October 2023 – when the current fiscal year began – and May 3, as per the most recent accessible information collected by Reuters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA didn’t state what amount was contained in every shipment except the 13 shipments rejected included mixed spices and seasonings, as well as fenugreek, as per the information. In monetary 2022-23, around 15% of 119 MDH shipments were dismissed generally for salmonella pollution, while the rejections remained at 8.19% during 2021-22, the information showed.

Everest has had fewer rejections in the US with only one of 450 shipments in the continuous long term having been dismissed such long ways for salmonella. Around 3.7% of Everest’s U.S. shipments were stopped in 2022-23 and there were no dismissals in the 189 shipments to the U.S. the year before, the data showed.

The Board has been examining MDH and Everest offices for consistency with quality guidelines, yet the outcomes have not yet been unveiled.

In 2019, a couple of clumps of MDH’s flavor blend were removed from the racks in the U.S. for salmonella tainting, and in 2023, the FDA reviewed a couple of Everest’s items over comparable discoveries and gave a general wellbeing alert, opening a new tab.

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