OnTime Distribution is recalling PRAN brand Turmeric spice powder because it contains high levels of lead.
Recent analysis of the product found that it contained lead levels as high as 28 and 42 parts per million. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not set a specific limit on lead in spices but has set a maximum level of 0.1 parts per million (ppm) in candy.
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency has stated that lead levels of 0.015 ppm in drinking water requires treatment.
The recalled spice powder was distributed in New York and New Jersey through retail stores and direct delivery.
The recalled product is packed in 250 and 400 gram clear plastic jars with yellow lids and “Best Before” dates Oct. 26, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2015. Consumers who have purchased PRAN Turmeric are urged not to consume the product and should return it for a refund.
Lead can accumulate in the body over time and too much of it can cause health problems like delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead.
The FDA reports that one illness complaint has been received to date.