Spices USA Issues Recall of Ground Turmeric Due to Possible Health Risk

the product has elevated lead levels

Spices USA Issues Recall of Ground Turmeric Due to Possible Health Risk
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October 03, 2016

Spices USA Inc. is recalling 772 bags of Tasty Sawa Ground Turmeric, used for manufacturing or repacking, because it contains elevated levels of lead.

The affected product was packaged in 50-pound yellow, polypropylene bags labeled Tasty Sawa, with lot number 120674 and a use-by date of 4/2018.

The recalled turmeric was distributed in Florida and New York. Spices USA sells its products to distributors and re-packers, not directly to consumers.

The recall was initiated after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the company of positive sample results of the product contained elevated levels of lead.

Upon making the proper inquiries about the root cause of this problem, the firm believes that the only possible explanation resides directly in the plant in India, where the product was packed.

Consumers are warned not to use the product. Lead can accumulate in the body over time, and too much of it can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

All buyers have been contacted by Spices USA and advised to either return or destroy the product and to contact their customers with the same instructions if this product was repacked under another label.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the Spices USA at (800) 583-0250.