January 24, 2020

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...]

L.L. Bean Children’s Water Bottles Recalled for Lead

The Consumer Product Safety Commission posted a notice that L.L. Bean Children's Water Bottles violate the lead standard and are being recalled. Lead is a toxin that can cause brain damage and reduce IQ. The lead solder at the exterior base of the bottle contains high levels of lead. About 6,700 units of this product are being recalled. The bottles are 13.5 ounce capacity with these color prints: Dino Bones, Flower Power, Orange Grid camo, Purple Tie Dye Butterfly and Robo Shark. The item identification number 297684 is printed on a sticker on the bottom of the bottle. Also printed on the sticker are “PO#844” and “BB2D2-LLB-R45-0413.” They were sold exclusively at L.L. Bean retail stores, online, and in L.L. Bean catalogues from July 2015 through May 2016 for about $20. They were … [Read more...]

Best Bentonite Clay Has Elevated Lead Levels

The FDA is warning consumers not to use "Best Bentonite Clay," made by Best Bentonite of Oklahoma, because it has elevated lead levels. Testing at FDA laboratories discovered the elevated levels of lead. Exposure to lead, a heavy metal, can cause serious damage and injury, including reduced IQ, brain damage, behavioral problems, and damage to the kidneys, immune system, and central nervous system. Best Bentonite Clay is sold as a fine powder on Amazon and on the Best Bentonite website. You mix the powder with water and eat it or apply it to the skin. No confirmed cases of lead poisoning have been associated with this product. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, sluggishness and fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, … [Read more...]

FDA Warns About Lead Contamination in Detox Clay Bentonite

The FDA is warning consumers not to consume "Bentonite Me Baby" clay that is used as a detox aid because it contains elevated lead levels. This product, and other like it, claim to help your body "detoxify" and remove toxins and chemicals such as fluoride, even though your liver does that automatically. While most people use it as a hair and skin treatment, the label says that the product can be ingested for "internal cleansing." The label states you can take up to a tablespoon a day, dissolved in water. Lead is a heavy metal that is toxic to the body. At low levels of exposure, it can cause developmental delays, decrease in IQ, brain damage, kidney damage, and damage to the nervous system. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, … [Read more...]

Flint’s Water Supply: Lead and Legionnaires’ Disease

Severe water quality problems in Flint Michigan have caught the eye of consumer advocates and activists around the country. In 2014, the city disconnected the city from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and provided residents with water from the Flint River because it was cheaper. Residents noticed changes in the color, taste, and smell coming out of their taps right away. Testing showed high levels of bacteria, which forced city administrators to issue boil advisories, and to increase the amount of chlorine put into the water. That meant the water also contained high levels of "potentially carcinogenic disinfectant byproducts," according to Food & Water Watch. Because this water was more corrosive, lead leached into Flint's drinking water. And now many residents have lead … [Read more...]

Ayurvedic Supplements Recalled for Elevated Lead and Mercury

Butala Emporium of New York is voluntarily recalling eleven Ayurvedic dietary supplement because they contain elevated lead and mercury levels. These compounds can cause health problems for infants, small children, pregnant women, and people with underlying kidney disorders. The lead concentrate exceeds the recommended daily lead exposure for children under the age of 6 and for women of childbearing age. The mercury levels in this product, with short term use, can cause kidney, stomach, and intestinal symptoms. Using these products for more than a month could be lethal. Mercury consumption at these levels can cause psychiatric and personality disturbances, ataxia, visual loss, hearing loss, and other neurological conditions. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with … [Read more...]

Maggi Brand Noodle Products Warning in Canada for Lead

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is aware of the incident in India involving Maggi brand noodles. Lead was found in the product, so Nestle removed the products from the Indian marketplace. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, because Maggi brand noodle products are imported into Canada by different firms. If any products are found to contain lead, a recall warning will be issued. Ingesting lead can lead to serious health problems, especially in children. Lead poisoning can cause damage to the brain, central nervous system, liver, and kidney. It can also cause behavioral problems, anemia, hearing loss, developmental delays, and, in extreme cases, death. Short term overexposure to lead can cause abdominal pain, constipation, headache, loss of appetite, pain or … [Read more...]

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