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Posted October 17, 2013

Turmeric Spice Powder Recalled Due To High Lead Levels

On October 3, 2013, the OnTime Distribution Inc. issued a voluntary recall of PRAN brand spice powder Turmeric because it was found to contain high levels of lead.

Recent analysis of the spice found that it contained lead levels as high as 28 and 42 ppm (parts per million), amounts that could lead to health problems, especially for infants, small children and pregnant women. Lead can accumulate in the body over time and excessive levels can cause delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies.

(In the past, ConsumerLab.com's Review of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements has revealed elevated levels of lead in whole herb turmeric supplements.)

Recalled PRAN brand spice powder Turmeric was distributed in New York and New Jersey through retail stores and direct delivery. It is packaged in two different sizes of clear plastic jars with yellow lids that be identified by the following weight and UPC:

Net Wt. 8.82 oz./250 gm, UPC 8 31730 00551

Net Wt. 14.1 oz./400 gm, UPC 8 46656 00209 4

The affected date codes of recalled jars are: BEST BEFORE: 26 OCT 14 and BEST BEFORE: 15 JAN 15.

Distributors Asia Cash & Carry Inc., and Fahman Enterprises Inc. have also issued recalls of PRAN brand spice powder.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not consume it, and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information about this recall, use the link below.