The American government is trying to insure the safety of spices following 16 different recalls in the last decade. Sage and basil and other kitchen pantry staples have been responsible for various salmonella outbreaks. The FDA says the spice industry must do a better job keeping its products safe. Legislation tightening inspection has been passed by the House but held up by the Senate. A recent outbreak of salmonella was traced to contaminated black and crushed red pepper, sickening more than 200 people across the country.