Ground turmeric recall announced upon discovery of excessive levels of lead; six brands recalled

Recall tumeric 341x210 Ground turmeric recall announced upon discovery of excessive levels of lead; six brands recalledA ground turmeric recall has been announced by Gel Spice Inc. of Bayonne, N.J., upon learning its products contained excessive levels of lead. Overexposure to lead can cause serious health issues, especially in pregnant women, infants and children, including abdomen or joint pain, constipation, nausea or vomiting, hyperactivity or irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite, baby colic, headache, insomnia, or memory loss.

The recalled turmeric’s high lead levels were discovered during testing procedures last month.

“Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead,” according to Gel Spice’s July 28 turmeric recall notice on the FDA’s website.

Gel Spice has recalled a total of six brands of ground turmeric, which can be identified through its label information in the table below:

Brand/Description and Net Weight Lot/BB code UPC number
Spice Select/8 oz 03/18/19 076114007730
Market Pantry/0.95 oz 05APR2019 085239211038
Gel/15 oz 04/18/19 076114800867
Gel/15 oz 05/16/19 076114800867
Clear Value /0.75oz 04/27/19 036800354920
Lieber’s/2 oz 05/13/19 043427006361
Spice Supreme/2 oz 05/17/19 076114364628

“The products were distributed by various retailers throughout the United States,” according to the new turmeric recall notice. “Sampling and testing of another product, produced from the same bulk turmeric, revealed the elevated level of lead.”

Gel Spice is requesting all consumers in possession of the recalled ground turmeric to discard the product immediately and contact the company at 201-564-0435 if they have any additional questions. If the consumer is concerned for their blood lead levels, they should first contact their physician or health clinic regarding how to get the levels tested.

Source: Food Safety News