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Posted October 4, 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.

Exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with neurological impairment, and in children, learning disabilities and lower IQ scores. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Symptoms of lead toxicity include abdominal pain, headache, changes in blood pressure, dizziness, kidney and brain damage.

Recalled TASTY SAWA GROUND TURMERIC was distributed in Florida and New York, and in the Dominican Republic, France, Colombia, Jamaica, and Barbados to distributors and re-packers, not directly to consumers. ( will update this page if names of affected consumer products become available.) It is packaged in 50 lb. yellow polypropylene bags and can be identified by the following:

  • Lot number: 120674
  • Use by: 4/2018
  • Country of Origin: India

Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it and may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

This is the third recall of turmeric spice since July 2016. On July 28, 2016, another brand of turmeric spice was recalled due to elevated levels of lead. A second brand of turmeric spice was recalled on August 5, 2016.

NOTE: has reported in lead in turmeric powders in the past and continually tests turmeric supplements, as well as spices, for lead and other heavy metals. For CL's most recent tests see the's Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review. 

See Related Warnings:

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