Turmeric is a spice that can provide many health benefits. But this golden spice can also have high levels of lead. Two recalls from the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets highlight this issue. No illnesses have been reported to date, but lead can cause long-term serious health problems, including cancer, developmental defects, learning disorders, and brain damage.
First, Blue Mountain brand Jamaican Curry Powder is being recalled for elevated levels of lead. The product is packaged in a 6 ounce glass jar with a UPC number 09349-19906. The code on the curry powder is B/B 06/03/19 OPC LOT #060116 on the bottom of the container. This product was sold throughout the United States.
Second, Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric for elevated lead levels. That product is packaged in 3.75 ounce PET jars with a UPC number 81026-01230. The codes on the container’s neck are B/B 03/08/19 and B/B 05/18/19. It was sold at Big Lots Stores throughout the United States.
Routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and analysis at the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated lead levels. If you purchased either of these products, do not consume them. Throw them away in a sealed container, or take them back to the store where you bought them for a refund.