July 12, 2024

MK Cinnamon Powder Recalled For High Lead Levels

MK Cinnamon Powder is being recalled because it may have high levels of lead. Because this recall notice was posted on the FDA's Enforcement Reports page, and not the regular recall page, there is no information about whether or not any illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Mak Trading Company of Santa Fe Springs, California. There is no safe level of lead consumption. Those who are exposed to very low levels of lead for a short period of time may not have any symptoms at all. Symptoms of lead poisoning in adults over a longer time frame can include high blood pressure, headache, abdominal pain, difficulties with memory or concentration, mood disorders, and miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms of … [Read more...]

New E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak on FDA CORE Table

A new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been announced on the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table. There are only two active investigations on that table. The new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has sickened at least nine people. We do not know the states where the ill persons live, the patient age range, illness onset dates, or what type of food is linked to this outbreak. The FDA has started conducted traceback. The second outbreak on the table is the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that is linked to Infinite Herbs fresh organic basil. There are at least 12 people in seven states sick in that outbreak. Two recalls have been issued in relation to that outbreak. The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Rizo-Lopez queso fresco and cotija cheese has ended and that investigation was … [Read more...]

Tasty-Sawa Ground Cinnamon Recalled For Elevated Lead

Tasty-Sawa Ground Cinnamon is being voluntarily recalled for elevated lead levels. Because this recall notice was posted on the FDA's Enforcement Reports page, and not the regular recall page, there is no mention about whether or not any illnesses have been reported to the company to date. The recalling firm is Spices USA Inc. of Hialeah, Florida. There is no safe level of lead consumption. People who are exposed to very low levels of lead for a short period of time may not have any symptoms. Symptoms of lead poisoning over a longer period of time in adults can include high blood pressure, headache, difficulties with memory or concentration, abdominal pain, mood disorders, and miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children, who are more affected by this heavy … [Read more...]

FDA Updates WanaBana Lead and Chromium Poisoning Cases

The FDA has updated the WanaBana lead and chromium poisoning cases. At least 90 children have been affected. The median age in this outbreak is one year old. This investigation is ongoing. The states with confirmed adverse event reports include: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Georgia (2), Iowa (1), Illinois (5), Indiana (1), Kentucky (3), Louisiana (4), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (7), Michigan (8), Missouri (3), North Carolina (6), Nebraska (2), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (1), New York (8), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (3), Texas (3), Virginia (2), Washington (4), Wisconsin (2), West Virginia (3), and Unknown (3). The report date range is from October 17 2023 to … [Read more...]

Swad Cinnamon Powder Recalled For Possible Lead

Swad Cinnamon Powder is being recalled for possible lead contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this spice. The recalling firm is Raja Foods of Skokie, Illinois. While there is no safe level of lead consumption, people who are exposed to very low levels of lead for a short period of time may not have any symptoms. Symptoms of lead poisoning over a longer period of time in adults can include high blood pressure, headache, difficulties with memory or concentration, abdominal pain, mood disorders, and miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children, who can be more affected by this heavy metal, can include developmental delays, learning difficulties, irritability, weight loss, loss of appetite, … [Read more...]

El Chilar Ground Cinnamon Recalled For Elevated Lead Levels

El Chilar Ground Cinnamon is being recalled for elevated lead levels. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this spice. The recalling firm is El Chilar Rodriguez LLC of Apopka, Florida. There are 127 cases of cinnamon included in this recall. There is no safe level of lead exposure. Short term exposure to dry low levels of lead may not cause symptoms. But if a person, especially a child, is exposed to lead for a long period of time, permanent damage may occur, including lowered IQ and learning disabilities. In adults, lead can cause damage to the brain and kidneys and damage to the production of red blood cells. The cinnamon is sold in 12 bags to the case. The recalled product is El Chilar Ground Cinnamon "Canela Molida," … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Alert About Elevated Lead in Some Ground Cinnamon

The FDA has found that some ground cinnamon products have elevated levels of lead. There is no safe level of lead consumption. The FDA has also recommended that the firms voluntarily recall these products, with the exception of the MTCI cinnamon, because the agency has not been able to reach that company. The recalled products include La Fiesta cinnamon, with lot code 25033, sold at La Superior and SuperMercados stores and distributed by La Fiesta Food Products of La Miranda, California; Marcum ground cinnamon with best by date/lot code pairs 10/16/25 10D8 and 4/6/25 and 0400B1, sold at Save A Lot stores, distributed by Moran Foods of Saint Ann, Missouri; and MK cinnamon, with no codes, sold at SF Supermarket and distributed by MTCI of Santa Fe Springs, California. Also part of … [Read more...]

Marcum Ground Cinnamon Recalled For Elevated Lead Levels

Marcum ground cinnamon is being recalled for elevated lead levels. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recalling firm is Colanna Brothers of North Bergen, New Jersey. Short term exposure to very low levels of lead may not cause any symptoms, but there is no safe level of lead consumption. The effects of lead consumption can vary on the amount, duration of exposure, and the patient's age and body weight. If a child is exposed to enough lead for weeks or months, permanent damage to the central nervous system can occur, including lowered IQ. For adults, chronic lead exposure is associated with kidney problems, high blood pressure, and neurocognitive effects. The cinnamon was sold nationwide at the retail level and also through … [Read more...]

Lead Chromate Found in WanaBana Cinnamon Apple Puree

The FDA says that lead chromate was found in WanaBana Cinnamon Apple Puree pouches, which means that anyone who ate it was exposed to chromium as well as lead. These heavy metals can cause serious health problems. The agency added that the leading hypothesis is that this was "likely an act of economically motivated adulteration." Historically, lead chromate has been illegally added to spices to enhance the color and increase the weight of the spice. That increases the monetary value. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that there are now 468 cases of lead poisoning linked to these products. There are 111 confirmed cases, 320 probable cases, and 37 suspect cases. The states where these patients live include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, … [Read more...]

Carlos Aguilera Supplied Cinnamon For Wanabana Purees

Carlos Aguilera supplied the cinnamon that were used to make WanaBana fruit purees that caused many lead poisoning illnesses, according to the FDA. Ecuadorian officials in Agencia Nacional de Regulación, Control y Vigilancia Sanitaria (ARCSA) are reporting this discovery. Carlos Aguilera, located in Ecuador, is the processor of the ground cinnamon supplied by Negasmart to Austrofoods and was later used in the recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon products.   The unprocessed cinnamon sticks used in the recalled products were sourced from Sri Lanka and were sampled by ARCSA and found to have no lead contamination. The investigation is ongoing. The FDA has limited authority over foreign ingredient suppliers who do not ship directly to the United States, so they cannot take direct … [Read more...]

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