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Recalls & Warnings

8/16/2014

McCormick Ground Oregano Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On August 13, 2014, McCormick & Company, Incorporated issued a voluntary recall of McCormick Ground Oregano (0.75 oz bottle) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Product Review

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review

Find the Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices. Big Differences Discovered Among Brands -- Little Curcumin In Some.

Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Product Review

Bone Broth Review

Find the Best Bone Broth. Find Out How Much Collagen and Sodium Is Really In Popular Bone Broths.

Bone Broth Supplements Reviewed by Consumerlab.com

Product Review

Cinnamon Supplements and Spices Review

CAUTION: Some Cinnamon Products High in Toxin. See Which Passed or Failed and our Top Picks! .

Cinnamon Supplements and Spices Tested by ConsumerLab.com

News Release

9/27/2019

Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, September 27, 2019 — Turmeric and curcumin (the major compound in turmeric) are among the most popular supplements, promoted to reduce inflammation and help with conditions such as arthritis as well as indigestion and depression. To find out which turmeric and curcumin supplements contain what they claim, and exactly how much curcumin is in common turmeric spices, ConsumerLab recently purchased and tested many products. Due to concern about contamination of turmeric with toxic heavy metals, particularly lead, all turmeric powders were checked for these.

Recalls & Warnings

10/17/2017

Organic Tarragon Spice Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On October 16, 2017, Organic Spices, Inc. dba Spicely Organics issued a recall of its Organic Tarragon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

4/08/2017

Woman Dies After Receiving Turmeric Infusion

On March 16, 2017, a San Diego, California woman died days after receiving an IV infusion of turmeric.   Jade Erick, age 30, suffered a brain injury and cardiac arrest after receiving the first 5 mL of a 250 mL infusion of turmeric in the office of a naturopathic doctor. She was admitted to the hospital but died six days later. According to NBC News San Diego, Erick's autopsy report concluded she died of "severe anoxic brain injury secondary to cardiopulmonary arrest, most likely due to turmeric infusion."   Erick had sought treatment from the doctor for eczema. She had taken turmeric supplements in the past, but had never before had an infusion. The medical examiner's report also noted she had multiple food allergies to soy protein, lactose and gluten as well as hypothyroidism and pre-diabetes.  Her death has been ruled an accident. Intravenous administration of curcumin (from turmeric) has been used in some clinical trials for gallbladder disease and breast cancer and was generally well-tolerated; there are no clinical studies on the use of intravenous curcumin for eczema (Gupta, AAPSJ 2013). [Note that turmeric/curcumin supplements may increase pain and contractions in people passing gallstones]. See the "Concerns and Cautions" section of ConsumerLab.com's Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review for safety, side effects and potential drug interactions when taking oral turmeric/curcumin supplements.   To read NBC News San Diego's report, use the link below.   See Related Warnings: More Turmeric Spice Recalled Ground Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Lead Contamination McCormick Ground Oregano Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk Carob Powder Recalled Turmeric Spice Powder Recalled Due To High Lead Levels For more information about this recall, use the link below.

Recalls & Warnings

10/04/2016

Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Elevated Lead Levels

On September 26, 2016, Spices USA Inc. issued a recall of 772 bags of TASTY SAWA GROUND TURMERIC because it contains elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

8/05/2016

More Turmeric Spice Recalled

On August 5, 2016, JM Exotic Foods, Inc. issued a recall of ground turmeric because it was found to contain elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

7/29/2016

Ground Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Lead Contamination

On July 28, 2016, Gel Spice, Inc. issued a voluntary recall one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because it was found to contain elevated levels of lead.

Recalls & Warnings

12/10/2014

Risk of Fungal Infection from Probiotics in People with Weakened Immune System

On December 9, 2014, the FDA warned that supplements containing live bacteria or yeast have the potential to be contaminated with mold, and may pose a risk of potentially deadly fungal infection in immunocompromised persons.

Recalls & Warnings

11/17/2014

Organic Brown Rice Flour Recalled

On November 14, 2014, Lundberg Family Farms issued a voluntary recall of certain bags of Eco-Farmed Brown Rice Flour and Organic Brown Rice Flour because they because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

11/17/2014

Probiotic Powder Recalled

On November 14, 2014, Solgar, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder (NET Wt. 1.75 oz (50 g)) because it was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, a fungus which may cause Mucormycosis infection.

Recalls & Warnings

10/24/2014

Shark Cartilage Supplement Recalled

On October 17, 2014, AMS Health Sciences, LLC issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

News Release

1/05/2016

Cinnamon Spices and Supplements Found to Vary Widely in Levels of Potentially Helpful and Harmful Compounds Reports ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, January 5, 2016 — Cinnamon supplements may be helpful for controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, possibly due to compounds known as proanthocyanidins or PACs. Cinnamon can also contain a potentially toxic and cancer-causing compound known as coumarin. Amounts of PACs and coumarin are normally not listed on labels so, to help consumers, ConsumerLab.com recently purchased and tested cinnamon supplements as well as cinnamon spice powders. According to Nutrition Business Journal, sales of cinnamon supplements have been rising steadily, reaching $40 million in 2014.

News Release

12/16/2013

What's Really in Turmeric Supplements and Spices? You May Not Want to Know -- 33% of Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Fail ConsumerLab.com's Review; Filth Found in Spices

White Plains, New York, December 16, 2013 — Supplements containing the herb turmeric or its key constituent, curcumin, are popular treatments for inflammatory diseases. ConsumerLab.com reported today that three of nine turmeric/curcumin supplements recently selected for testing failed to pass its quality review. One of the failing products provided only 8 milligrams of curcuminoid compounds (hundreds of milligrams are typically recommended) and another was contaminated with small amounts of lead and cadmium. In brands of turmeric spice used in cooking, ConsumerLab.com found large numbers of insect parts, suggesting insanitary storage. One of the "organic" turmeric spices contained a whole larva of a cigarette beetle, a known storage pest.

News Release

4/04/2017

ConsumerLab.com Reveals Best and Worst Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices -- 31% Fail ConsumerLab.com Tests of Quality

White Plains, New York, April 4, 2017 — Turmeric and its key compound, curcumin, may be help reduce symptoms of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and may be helpful in treating depression, diabetes, and indigestion. However, supplements on the market vary widely in the amounts of key curcumin compounds (called curcuminoids) they contain, and some formulations may be better absorbed than others. So, which turmeric/curcumin products are best? To find out, ConsumerLab.com tested and compared the ingredients in popular turmeric and curcumin supplements and spices sold in the U.S. and Canada. According to a recent survey of 9,000 vitamin and supplement users by ConsumerLab, turmeric and curcumin supplements are now the 8th most popular supplement in the U.S, ahead of vitamin C as well as calcium supplements.

News Release

12/11/2020

Caution With Cinnamon: ConsumerLab Tests Reveal High Amounts of Toxin in Some Supplements and Spices

White Plains, New York, December 11, 2020 — Cinnamon is a favorite spice that may modestly help lower blood sugar levels, likely due beneficial proanthocyanidins (PACs). However, the most common type of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, can contain significant amounts of coumarin, a liver toxin and potential carcinogen, and heavy metals — particularly, lead. So which cinnamon supplements and spices provide the best quality cinnamon, without high amounts of coumarin, at the lowest cost?