Organic turmeric spice blend with dandelion root

Melbourne-­based company, Heal’ has introduced the first organic turmeric spice blend with dandelion root.

The spice blend, known as ‘Root’d’, balances taste with health, for a blend of seven certified organic herbs and spices. The blend contains turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coconut sugar, dandelion root and chicory root.

According to the company, the product can improve gut health; reduce bloating, skin disorders, heart disease, arthritis, inflammation, and infections; and contribute to liver detoxification.

The company says turmeric, ginger, dandelion root and black pepper have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. The addition of dandelion root is intended to increase liver function and digestion.

It is made from 100% raw, certified organic ingredients which means no nasties, pesticides, artificial flavours or colours. The product is free of gluten, dairy, nuts, refined sugars and caffeine. It is also vegan and paleo friendly.

Choice finds fake oregano for sale in Australia

Australian consumers who try to purchase oregano often unknowingly receive adulterated products containing a range of different ingredients, says consumer advocacy group Choice.

Inspired by a similar spot check carried out in the UK by a consumer group, Choice purchased 12 brands of ‘oregano’ from different supermarkets, grocers and delis in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and then had the products analysed.

Only five of the brands tested – Coles, Herbie’s Spices, Masterfoods, McCormick, and  Woolworths Select – contained 100 per cent oregano. The remaining seven each contained less than 50 per cent oregano. The remaining ingredients were olive and sumac leaves.

The worst result was for the Master of Spices brand , which contained just 10 per cent oregano. Hoyt’s contained  11 per cent, Aldi’s Stonemill had 26 per cent, Spice & Co contained 33 per cent, Menora contained 33 per cent, Spencers contained 40 per cent, and G Fresh contained 50 per cent.

Choice pointed out that the spot test looked at just one sample of a single batch from each brand. Therefore, the results “aren’t necessarily representative of each of those individual brands and companies’ whole range of oregano products”.

It is not clear where in the supply chain the fraud occurred. Choice said the motive is unclear but added that, in past cases of food fraud, financial gain and lack of supply have been factors.

“To find that we have been supplied a product that is not as per provided paperwork nor our own product specification is extremely shocking and disappointing,” Spice & Co told Choice.

Choice said it is likely the products have breached Australian Consumer Law. The organisation has referred its findings to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

McKenzie launches flavoured sea salt flakes in Pinch Pots

Australian owned brand McKenzie has launched a new range of flavoured sea salt flake to add to their Punch Pots rang of herbs and spices.

McKenzie Pinch Pots are natural, rich in minerals and naturally lower in sodium than other processed salts.

Available in four flavours, Sea Salt Flakes, Sea Salt & Pepper blend, Lemon &Thyme Seal Salt, and Garlic Seal salt.

“We’re committed to making it simple for Australians to create gourmet dishes for any occasion. The new Pinch Pots are a simple bench top addition that can bring to life your family favourites with a pinch and sprinkle,” said Melissa Clayton, Ward McKenzie’s Marketing Manager.