In a glaring exposure, the US Food and Drug Administration has found contamination in a whopping 12 percent of spices imported to the United States. Canada registered the lowest salmonella presence at less than 1 percent of its 110 shipments. The report released by FDA said that about 12 percent of spices brought to the United States are contaminated with insect fragments, whole insects, and rodent hairs. Moreover, nearly 7 percent of spice imports examined by federal inspectors were also found contaminated with salmonella, a toxic bacteria that can cause severe illness in humans. According to the report, the spices coming from Mexico and India were found to have the highest rate of adulteration. FDA says, almost 9 percent of 1,057 spice shipments from India were contaminated with salmonella compared with 14 percent of 136 shipments from Mexico.