A recall of ground turmeric has been expanded to include several more brand names of the spice. New Jersey-based Gel Spice, Inc. first issued a recall for the powder in July, but has since expanded the recall because of elevated lead levels. Products were distributed to various retailers throughout the U.S.
According to FDA, routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead.
No Illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
While FDA has not set a specific limit on lead in spices, there is a limit of 0.1 PPM in candy. The Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) has stated that lead levels of 0.015 PPM in drinking water require treatment. 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.