Most products intended for human consumption must undergo sanitation steps that eliminate deadly pathogens. These steps might include cooking, pasteurization, pathogen-killing chemical washes, and irradiation. In the spice industry, steam treatment is preferred treatment. The Steam Sterilization Process is 100% natural and is chemical and radiation free. Steam treating uses saturated steam under pressure for a specific duration and temperature in order to kill microorganisms. It is the preferred method in the organic industry because it kills spores without damaging the vital properties of the plant like taste,color and loss of volatile oils. The very short contact (20-40 seconds) with high pressure steam at a temperature that may vary between 102°C and 122°C makes it possible to decontaminate heat sensitive herbs, powder and spices without adverse effect on quality. Suitable for spices, herbs, botanicals, seeds, whole products and ground products.