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.