A recall of many brands of Curry Powder, and of Turmeric. Retailers include Target, Big Lots, and various supermarkets.

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A recall of many brands of Curry Powder, and of Turmeric.  Retailers include Target, Big Lots, and various supermarkets.

August 9:

"Turmeric is a spice that’s essential in South Asian Cuisine, and sometimes also used to make foods look more yellow or orange. If you’ve bought a jar of turmeric recently, heads up: bulk turmeric from distributor Gel Spice, Inc. that was repackaged under multiple brand names, including bottles sold at national retailers like Big Lots and Target, has been recalled because it may be contaminated with lead.

Lead doesn’t make people sick immediately, but causes health problems over time, and exposure is especially dangerous for children and pregnant women. It can cause developmental and learning problems in children.

In a late July recall, one lot of turmeric distributed to Big Lots stores under the brand name Fresh Finds was also recalled. That spice was packaged in 3.75 ounce plastic jars with the UPC code 81026-01230. Look for “best before” dates of 03/08/19 and 05/18/19.

The distributor, Gel Spice, expanded the recall to include turmeric shipped to other retailers:
Spice Select: 8 ounces, best before code 03/18/19
Market Pantry (Target ): 0.95 ounces, best before code 05APR2019
Gel: 15 ounces, best before codes 04/18/19 and 05/16/19
Clear Value: 0.75 ounces, best before code 04/27/19
Lieber’s: 2 ounces, best before code 05/13/19
Spice Supreme: 2 ounces, best before code 05/17/19

If you have any of these products, you should get rid of the product. While the company’s recall announcement didn’t give any information about a possible recall, you can contact Gel Spice with any questions that you may have at (201) 564-0435.Update: Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Expanded Recall of Ground Tumeric Powder Due to Elevated Lead Levels [FDA]"

source:  https://consumerist.com/2016/08/09/turmeric-sold-at-target-big-lots-supermarkets-recalled-for-possible-lead/ 
August 15:

"Since turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder, it was inevitable that the recall of some brands of turmeric for lead contamination would eventually lead to the recall of some curry powder.

So far, one company whose powder is sold under five different brands has announced a recall.

Oriental Packing Company sells under the brand names Blue Mountain, Jamaica Choice, Ocho Rios, Oriental, and Grace. There’s 377,000 pounds of affected curry powder out there.

Gobbling lead isn’t healthy for anyone, but is especially dangerous for developing fetuses whose mothers are exposed to lead, and for children.

We don’t have photos of the containers of affected products, but they were packaged in glass or plastic bottles ranging in size from two ounces to five pounds.

Once you identify a product on your shelf, check with the recall announcement at the FDA to find out if your lot is part of the recall.

Blue Mountain Brand
 Blue Mountain Country Mild Curry Powder
 Blue Mountain Country Hot Curry Powder
 Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Jerk Curry Seasoning

Jamaica Choice Brand
 Jamaica Choice Mild
 Jamaica Hot Curry Powder

Ocho Rios Brand
 Ocho-Rios Jamaican Nice Mild Curry Powder
 Ocho Rios Spicy Curry Powder
 Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Mild
 Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Spicy

Oriental Brand
 Oriental Mild Curry Powder
 Oriental Hot Curry Powder

Grace Brand
 Grace Mild Curry Powder
 Grace Hot Curry Powder
 Grace Caribbean Curry Powder
 Grace Caribbean Tradition Hot Curry Powder"

source:  https://consumerist.com/2016/08/15/5-brands-of-curry-powder-recalled-because-of-lead-contaminated-turmeric/ 

There are at least 3 recall notices about this on the FDA website, but for some reason, the FDA site is not letting me accurately copy and paste the links to the separate notices here,
so take a look through the list below to find those recall notices (they appear on 3 different pages of this historical list, so keep scrolling back in time to find them all):

One of those recall notices has photos of the jar labels/brand logos involved in that particular recall, which is helpful in identification.

I just bought a bottle of own-brand Turmeric at Trader Joe's last month, but don't see that one here.  I'll keep an eye out for it. 

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