Food Industry Gel Spice, who distributes its turmeric powder under many different brand names, has issued a turmeric recall. Right now, there are eight brands impacted by the recall.

Published on August 9th, 2016 | by Becky Striepe


Turmeric Recall for Excessive Lead Levels

Gel Spice, who supplies turmeric to many different brands, has issued a turmeric recall. Right now, there are eight brands impacted by the recall.

Gel Spice, who supplies turmeric to many different brands, has issued a turmeric recall. Right now, there are eight brands impacted by the recall.

The original turmeric recall was for just one brand: Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric. The company has since expanded the recall twice to include seven additional brands. Here is the list of eight brands involved so far:

1. Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric – details here

2. Spice Select – details here

3. Market Pantry- details here

4. Gel- details here

5. Clear Value- details here

6. Lieber’s- details here

7. Spice Supreme- details here

8. JM Exotic Foods – details here

As with most food recalls, not everything from these brands is affected. If you have one of these brands in your pantry, click through for more details from the FDA to see whether your turmeric is from a recalled lot.

The turmeric recall is due to excessive lead levels. According to the FDA:

“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.”

So far, no one has reported an illness from the recalled turmeric. If you have one of the impacted brands in your pantry, you can bring it back to the store for a full refund. Just let them know that your product is part of the turmeric recall.

Images via FDA.


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12 Responses to Turmeric Recall for Excessive Lead Levels

  1. ngoc says:

    How did lead get into turmeric? Is it safe to eat the actual root? Is lead from the pesticides used?

    • Since the recall was just announced recently, all of that is still being investigated, unfortunately. I wish I had more information for you!

    • Turmerican says:

      Could come from the excess heavy metals in the polluted soil it was grown in. China is known to have this problem with many food items they export. Be safe and stay away from all China grown edibles. Buy local and organic whenever possible.

  2. Heather McFarland says:

    I wonder if this will affect any of the supplements with turmeric? I take it 4 times a day.

    • That’s a really good point. I hope not, but it’s so hard to know. Recalls like this seem to expand for a while before they’re over, so right now I’m still even nervous about the turmeric in my pantry, even though it’s not on the list.

  3. Turmerican says:

    Becky, what happened to my comment? Are you now censoring free speech? Maybe you don’t like to hear that China is selling us lead laced goodies?

    • Turmerican, your comment went to moderation, like all comments from new readers. We manually approve each comment, and sometimes this takes a day or two. We have to do it manually, because in addition to real comments from real people, we get a lot of spam, unfortunately. This way, I can delete comments about “best viagra online,” so you guys don’t have to wade through them to read real ones. Hope this helps!

  4. creci says:

    where does the lead contaminated turmeric
    comes from?

  5. Mzia says:

    That’s what we get for letting our food come from China. Also, check out garlic note the origin.

  6. Cathy Mitchell says:

    Unfortunately a lot of tumeric grown in India has lead in it from the soil its grown in..

  7. I bought organic turmeric from Walmart a couple months ago. Great value brand. Wondering if this is ok. Thanks

    • Right now, all that we know is what’s on the FDA site, unfortunately. I wish that I could help more! Recalls like this do expand, though, so there’s a chance that something not listed now could be added before it’s over.

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