Miami’s Oriental Packing Co. Inc. late Friday recalled roughly 188.5 tons of blended seasoning curry products because it is contaminated with lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time and can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences.
The New York State Health Department discovered the lead contamination in the finished products during routine sampling. Oriental Packing Co. Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of the product and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched investigation as to what caused the problem.
The recalled products were distributed in New York and Florida and sold through internet sales and retail stores nationwide. There are no reports of lead poisoning from the spice products.
Here are the products included in the recall:
- Blue Mountain Country Mild Curry Powder
- Blue Mountain Country Hot Curry Powder
- Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Jerk Curry Seasoning
Jamaica Choice Brand
- Jamaica Choice Mild
- Jamaica Hot Curry Powder
Ocho Rios Brand
- Ocho-Rios Jamaican Nice Mild Curry Powder
- Ocho Rios Spicy Curry Powder
- Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Mild
- Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Spicy
- Oriental Mild Curry Powder
- Oriental Hot Curry Powder
- Grace Mild Curry Powder
- Grace Hot Curry Powder
- Grace Caribbean Curry Powder
- Grace Caribbean Tradition Hot Curry Powder
The products can be further identified by the label bearing the above names in glass and plastic bottles. The recalled spice was sold in various sized packages including 2-ounce, 4-ounce, 6-ounce, 8-ounce, 22-ounce and 5-pounds. The product can be identified by the lot numbers and best before date listed below. This information can be found on the top of the cap or at the bottom of the bottle.
HOT/SPICY LOT NUMBERS BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19
MILD LOT NUMBERS BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19
HOT/SPICY JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19
MILD HEAT JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19
Consumers are urged to dispose unused product following EPA and/or state and county regulations or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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