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Asia Cash & Carry Inc. Recalls PRAN Brand Spice Powder Turmeric Due to Elevated Levels of Lead
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 8, 2013 - Asia Cash & Carry Inc. of Maspeth, New York is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC, Net Wt. 8.82 oz. (250 gm) jars, 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 it contained 28 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, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Illinois through retail stores.
This product is packed in in a clear plastic jar with yellow plastic lid: Net Wt. 8.82 oz./250 gm with UPC 8 31730 00551. The affected date code is: BEST BEFORE: 02 SEP 14.
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 the affected 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 1-718-894-2505, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm ET.
Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA's Flickr Photostream.