Revealed at last: India's public safety code for tamarind pulp


17 Responses to “Revealed at last: India's public safety code for tamarind pulp”

  1. Carl Malamud says:

    You can browse the India standards at or you can consult a handy sortable table.

  2. John Hickey says:

    Thank god they revised it.  Before the revision the birth rate was out of control kids living and begging on the street… Oh wait.

    • SedanChair says:

      Aren’t you asking a lot of tamarind pulp

    • twianto says:

      I don’t get why anyone would mock this, including the ridiculous headline here. Doesn’t even make sense. This is like blasting the FDA for something like regulations on peanut butter (you know, the thing that killed a couple folks some time ago) while pointing out that the US has millions of people who can’t afford healthcare.

      There is more than just one important issue. Food safety is never ridiculous.

    • Shashwath T.R. says:


      You think that population and poverty are the only problems we should ever address?

      • Rider says:

        Really you took that comment seriously?

        • Shashwath T.R. says:

          Not that particular comment, but the attitude behind it.

          We can’t have a single article about India without someone bringing up population and poverty. It’s just irritating!

          I know it’s a troll, but…

  3. connie1946 says:

    I need some safety tips concerning why I burp a lot after eating chicken vindaloo

  4. ripley says:

    Talking about “standards for Africa” makes you look kinda silly. Africa is not a country. There’s over 50 countries in Africa.

    • Stooge says:

      I suspect that factoid constitutes a significant proportion of everything you know about Africa, but let’s assume I’m wrong: would you care to explain why supra-national standards as promoted by, for example, the African Organisation for Standardisation are a waste of time, and how trade between African states would be better served by having different standards in each country?

  5. BunnyShank says:

    I’m really glad about this. Tamarind, along with other Indian condiments and spices are staples in my kitchen, and not having Indian family, nor even an aunty, I always worry I’m going to store them improperly, does tamarind chutney spoil like ketchup spoils, or what? Its not like they teach you about these things in US home ec class.

  6. Jeff says:

    I think anyone who has lived a while in sub-Saharan Africa (Gold Coast and central Africa, for example) would tell you that “public safety standards for Africa” don’t really exist. Individual craftsmen and technicians do good work and can explain why they do it that way, but there’s not a really much infrastructure to implement standards across all of a given industry.
    And for the people that say, “Africa is not a country”, you’re being a useless pedant. Africa can be usefully seen as a set of regions with varying norms. Inside of any particular region, the country name doesn’t really matter; the cultural and business norms carry over without much respect for the arbitrary borders that history happened to put in place. The real problem is lumping all of Africa together is that you are missing the important distinctions between regions that make some things that happen on one end of Africa completely different than things that happen on the other end.

    Anyway, seeing “public safety” and “Africa” in the same sentence made me chuckle… thanks for that, Carl! :)


  7. Thorzdad says:

    I’m confused by the tone set by the headline, too. Is Mark suggesting that there shouldn’t be food purity/safety requirements? 

  8. Lyle Hopwood says:

    Recently Snopes told me the 27,000 word USDA Cabbage Memo was an urban legend. My food standards-dismissing ways are over.

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