Sirob Imports Inc. is recalling, Corrado, Orlando Imports, Nouri’s Syrian Bakery, Mediterranean Specialty Foods Brand and Butera Fruit Market Curry Powder that was distributed to retailers in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York because it contains excessive levels of lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the recall was initiated after FDA sampling found elevated levels of lead in the product. “The product sampling was conducted as a result of a consumer complaint regarding elevated blood lead levels in a child,” the recall notice said. The recalled product has not been definitively linked to this event but the investigation is ongoing.

Consumers can identify the recalled curry powder by the following brand names, which were packaged in 8-ounce and 16-ounce plastic containers:

16 oz. – UPC: 0 12729 01100 7
8 oz. – UPC: 0 12729 01102 1

Orlando Imports
16 oz – UPC: 0 53760 45255 8

Nouri’s Syrian Bakery
8 oz. – 0 12729 01102 1
16 oz. – UPC: 0 1279 0110 7

Mediterranean Specialty Foods 
8 oz. – UPC: 0 12729 01102 1

Butera Fruit Market
8 oz. -0 12729 45273 2

Consumers can also identify the recalled curry powder by checking the product label for the following Lot Numbers:

GER302181, GER405081, GER403281, GER306181, GER104281, GER209081, GER301281, GER403281, GER505181, GER406181, GER504181, GER108081, GER106281, GER205181, GER309281, GER503281, GER306181, GER503081, GER302181.

No illnesses had been reported in connection with the curry powder as of Wednesday, according to the recall. The FDA warned consumers that exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning; “While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount and duration of lead exposure and age.” Symptoms of lead poisoning can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children, and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. According to the FDA, “A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick,” however, “lead poisoning in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.”

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