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FDA: Cooking spices could be making you sick

Do you like your food with a bit of spice?

While spices can make your meal more flavorful, according to the Food and Drug Administration, they can make you really sick, too.

The FDA tested more than 20,000 samples of spices imported between 2006 and 2009 and found almost 10 percent of them contained salmonella.

Salmonella can give you diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Three major outbreaks have been traced to spices.

Coriander, basil, oregano, sesame seeds, cumin and curry powder are the spices most often found carrying the bacteria.

Cooking food reduces some of the danger, as long as the temperature reaches 160 degrees, but the FDA is looking at ways to make spices safer overall, including irradiation, pasteurization or treatment with gas ethylene oxide.