Turmeric Recall Issued Due to High Lead Levels

High levels of lead have led to a recall for turmeric after random sample testing detected that PRAN brand Spice Powder could pose a risk of future mental and physical developmental deficiencies.   

The PRAN turmeric recall was announced by the FDA on October 8, after the New York State Health Department found that the product contains 28 parts per million of lead, well over the allowable rate. To date, one illness has been reported.

The recall includes PRAN brand Spice Powder Turmeric with UPC code 8 31730 00551 packaged in clear plastic jars that weigh 8.82 ounces. The products also have a “BEST BEFORE” date of “02 SEP 14” written on the packaging.

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The affected products were manufactured by Asia Cash & Carry Inc., of Maspeth, New York were they were distributed for sale to retail stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Illinois.

Accumulation of lead in the body can cause severe harm over time, especially in pregnant women, infants, and young children because lead can cause delayed mental and physical development as well as learning deficiencies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even warned the public of a study done over the past decade by the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey that estimated roughly 535,000 children ages 1-5, or about 2.6% of such children in the U.S., have levels of lead in their blood that place them at risk for adverse health effects.

The FDA advises Consumers with possibly affected PRAN spice powder not to consume the product and return it to its place of purchase or contact Asia Cash & Carry Inc. at 1-718-894-2505 for a full refund.


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