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Miami firm recalls 188.5 tons of curry spices because of lead

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:

bluemountainspice_406x250Blue Mountain Brand

  • 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 Brand

  • Oriental Mild Curry Powder
  • Oriental Hot Curry Powder

Grace Brand

  • 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

12516 21616 31616 40216 42116 51816 60316 62416 111915
12616 21716 31916 40816 42216 51916 61316 62716
12716 22216 32319 41216 42716 52316 61416 62916
12916 30116 32416 41316 42816 53116 61516 120115
20316 30516 32516 41416 42916 60116 61616 120215
20916 30716 32616 42016 51716 60216 62316 120315

MILD LOT NUMBERS BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19

12516 20316 21716 31516 40216 41916 51516 60716 62716
12616 20416 22216 31816 40316 41416 51616 61316 62816
12716 20516 22616 31916 40416 42016 52716 61416 120316
12816 20816 30216 32216 40516 42116 53116 61516 120315
13016 20916 30516 32416 40716 42216 60216 61616 112015
20116 21216 30716 32516 41216 42516 60316 62216 112315
20216 21316 31416 32916 41316 50316 60616 62316

HOT/SPICY JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19

013016

MILD HEAT JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19

041416

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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