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Ground turmeric recalled nationwide because of excessive lead

Gel Spice Inc. is recalling ground turmeric powder that was distributed to retailers nationwide because it contains excessive levels of lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children.

Consumers can identify the recalled Fresh Finds branded ground tumeric by the code number printed on the neck of individual jars (above left) and the code printed near the bar code on the back label (above right).

Consumers can identify the recalled Fresh Finds branded ground turmeric by the code number printed on the neck of individual jars (above left) and the UPC number printed near the bar code on the back label (above right).

“Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead,” according to the company’s recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

The Fresh Finds brand ground turmeric powder is packaged in 3.75-ounce jars and has a UPC number of 81026-01230. The recalled product also has the codes of “B/B 03/08/19” or “B/B 05/18/19” on the neck of the jars. The recalled spice was distributed to Big Lots stores nationwide.

The Bayonne, NJ, company, which has been importing and manufacturing spices, herbs, seeds and other baking ingredients since 1955 encouraged consumers to discard the recalled Fresh Finds brand turmeric. Consumers can call the company at 201-564-0435 for additional information.

No illnesses had been reported in connection with the turmeric as of Thursday, according to the recall.

“Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing,” the company warned in the recall notice.

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