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Lead in Turmeric & Curcumin
Question: There are many reports of lead contamination in turmeric spice. How can I make sure I'm not getting lead in my turmeric supplement or spice?
Answer: It is true that high concentrations of lead have been found and reported in some turmeric spices — including several reported in 2016 (See Recalls and Warnings). ConsumerLab.com has found lead in some turmeric supplements, although mainly those containing turmeric herb powder rather than turmeric extract (typically sold as "curcumin"). The situation in supplements has been improving over the years.
ConsumerLab.com has also tested popular brands of turmeric spice. Although some have contained high amounts of filth (bug parts), lead contamination has not been a problem in the selected products.