Gel Spice, Inc. is expanding its recall of ground turmeric powder to include additional brands because of elevated lead levels. 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 additional products being recalled are identified in the table below.
Brand/Description and Net Weight
Spice Select/8 oz
Market Pantry/0.95 oz
Clear Value /0.75oz
Spice Supreme/2 oz
The products were distributed by various retailers throughout the United States.
Sampling and testing of another product, produced from the same bulk turmeric, revealed the elevated level of lead.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased the ground turmeric powders identified above should discard the product.Consumers with questions about the recalled product may call (201) 564-0435 between the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.