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OnTime Distribution Inc. Recalls PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC Due To Excessive Levels of Lead
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 3, 2013 - OnTime Distribution Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed. Recent analysis of the product found that it contained lead levels as high as 28 and 42 parts per million (ppm).
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.
PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC was distributed in New York and New Jersey through retail stores and direct delivery.
This product is packed in two different size clear plastic jars with yellow plastic lids: Net Wt. 8.82 oz./250 gm with UPC 8 31730 00551, and Net Wt. 14.1 oz./400 gm with UPC 8 46656 00209 4. The affected date codes are: BEST BEFORE: 26 OCT 14 and BEST BEFORE: 15 JAN 15.
One illness complaint has been received to date.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained high levels of lead based on sampling by New York State Health Department and private laboratory testing.
Consumers who have purchased PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC are urged not to consume the product and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-417-1100, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm ET.
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