August 16, 2018

Clean Label Project Finds Lead in Many Brands of Protein Powder

The Clean Label Project has studied 134 protein powder products made by 52 different brands. They screened the products for contaminants and toxins, including heavy metals such as lead, pesticides, and others that are linked to cancer. The study, conducted this year, found alarming compounds in many brands of protein powder. The products were tested by a third party analytical chemistry laboratory. The products were animal-based, whey, and plant-based. Then then rated the products with ratings of one, three, or five stars. You can see the ratings of the protein powders at their site.  They found that 70% of the powders contained lead, 74% contained cadmium, and 55% contained BPA, a hormone disruptor. Others contained arsenic, another heavy metal. Cadmium is a heavy metal. It … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania School Closed After E. coli Found in Water

A school in Pennsylvania has been closed and the students relocated after E. coli was found in the facility's water. Summit Elementary in Butler County was closed yesterday after an emergency school board meeting. Classes will be relocated to Broad Street Elementary School next week. The problem was identified when testing was performed on the water because school officials knew the water was contaminated with lead. A public notice about the issue states, "due to the lead and copper contamination of the water at the Summit Elementary School the Butler Area School District undercook comprehensive sampling of the well and treated water at the school." A sample that was collected from the raw untreated well water indicated that it contained E. coli bacteria. The well water is … [Read more...]

Oriental Packing Recalls More Curry Powder for Lead

Oriental Packing Company of Florida is recalling more curry powder products for lead. The company recalled curry powder for lead content earlier this year. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. Lead is a heavy metal and can cause serious and permanent damage to the body. While the FDA has not set a limit on lead in spices, there is a limit of 0.1 ppm in candy. The product was sold in retail stores in Florida and Jamaica. It has a label bearing these names on plastic bottles and paper bags: ORIENTAL Hot Curry Powder 50 lb. Bulk, OCHO-RIOS Jamaican Nice Mild and Spicy Hot Curry Powder 4oz; and OCHO-RIOS Mild Curry Powder 5 lb. The package sizes are 4 ounce, 5 pound, and 50 pound bulk. The products also have BEST BEFORE: 9/19/19 … [Read more...]

Ton Shen Health Expands Recall of DHZC-2 Tablets for Lead

Ton Shen Health/Life Rising Corporation of Chicago is expanding its recall of DHZC-2 Tablets for elevated lead levels to include all lots purchased before August 24, 2016. There have been six cases of adverse effects involving individuals taking the dietary supplement. Lead is a toxic substance that can cause lead poisoning. Tiny amounts of lead won't hurt you, but in larger quantities, this heavy metal can cause cancer, developmental delays, Lead builds up in your body over a period of months or years. At very high levels of the metal, lead poisoning is fatal. The symptoms of lead poisoning in children include developmental delays, learning problems, irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, sluggishness and fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, and hearing loss. … [Read more...]

Two Children Sickened After Consuming Life Rising Dietary Supplement

The FDA is investigating incidents associated with Life Rising dietary supplements from Ton Shen Health/Life Rising. The government was informed by the Cook County Department of Health in Chicago, Illinois that two children who may have consumed the product have elevated lead levels. In addition, the FDA is investigating reports of two people who consumed this product who died. It is not clear if the deaths are associated with the product, according to the FDA. Lead is a toxic heavy metal. In small amounts, it can cause brain damage and lowered IQ. In larger amounts, it can cause cancer and death. Lead can affect every bodily system, but those effects depend on the age of the person, the amount ingested, and the length of time the person is exposed to lead. Symptoms of lead … [Read more...]

Oriental Packing Updates Curry Powder Recall for Lead

Oriental Packing Company is updating their August 14, 2016 recall of curry powder products for lead to include more products. Lead is a toxic heavy metal and can cause serious and sometimes permanent health problems, including lowered IQ and cancer. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. Most of the items listed in the August 14 recall are the same, but some are new. This list is from the updated recall announcement. The recalled products are Blue Mountain Country Jamaican Curry Powder, Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Curry Powder, and Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Jerk Curry Seasoning.  Jamaican Choice Jamaican Curry Powder and Jamaican Choice Jamaican Hot Curry Powder are recalled. Ocho Rios Jamaica Nice Curry … [Read more...]

Oriental Packing Company Recalls Curry Powder for Lead

Oriental Packing Company of Florida is recalling about 377,000 pounds of blended curry seasoning products because they may be contaminated with lead. Lead is a heavy metal that can be dangerous in the short term and can cause permanent health problems over time. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Blue Mountain Country Mild Curry Powder, Blue Mountain Country Hot Curry Powder, Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Jerk Curry Seasoning, Jamaica Choice Mild, Jamaica Hot Curry Powder, Ocho Rios Jamaican Nice Mild Curry Powder, Ocho Rios Spicy Curry Powder, Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Mild, and Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Spicy. Also recalled are Oriental Mild Curry Powder, Oriental Hot Curry Powder, … [Read more...]

DHZC-2 Chinese Herbal Supplement Recalled for Lead

Ton Shen Health of Chicago, IL is recalling DHZC-2 Tablets, a Chinese herbal supplement, because it contains elevated lead levels. Lead is a toxic metal that can reduce IQ, cause kidney and nervous system damage, and seizures. One illness has been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The product was sold in a 1.6 ounce, white plastic package marked with lot #2163-844 on the bottom and UPC number 616042102727. The recalled tablets were sold mostly in Chicago in retail stores, and some were distributed to other states through mail order. FDA found a high level of lead in the samples. The sale of this product has been suspended, and inventory put on hold while the FDA investigates. If you purchased this product, do not use it. Return it to the place of … [Read more...]

JM Exotic Foods Recalls Tumeric for Lead

JM Exotic Foods, Inc. is recalling ground turmeric because samples from its  supplier were found to contain elevated levels of lead. The recalled product was sold only to a farmer’s market in Doraville, GA from May until August 2016. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as lead can accumulate in the body over time causing serious sometimes permanent adverse health consequences. The recalled products were sold in 4 oz. clear plastic clamshells with the item number 1153 and the lots 16131185 and 16165184. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported.   … [Read more...]

High Lead Levels Lead to Two Spice Recalls

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. … [Read more...]

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