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Oriental Packing Co. Inc. Issues Alert On Lead In Curry Powder

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2016

Contact

Consumers

Oriental Packing Company
800-809-9793

Announcement

Oriental Packing Co., Inc., Miami, Florida is recalling approximately 377,000 lbs. of the following blended seasoning curry products because it is contaminated with lead.  Lead can accumulate in the body over time and can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences. 

Blue Mountain Brand

  • Blue Mountain Country Jamaican Curry Powder,
  • Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Curry Powder,
  • Blue Mountain Country Hot Jamaican Jerk Curry Seasoning,

Jamaican Choice Brand

  • Jamaican Choice Jamaican Curry Powder  
  • Jamaican Choice Jamaican Hot Curry Powder,

Ocho Rios Brand

  • Ocho Rios Jamaica Nice Curry Powder Seasoning
  • Ocho Rios Jamaica Nice Spicy Hot Curry Powder Seasoning
  • Ocho Rios Spicy Jerk Curry Seasoning 
  • Ocho Rios Mild Jerk Curry Seasoning
  • Ocho Rios Jamaican Style Curry Powder
  • Ocho Rios Hot ‘N Spicy Jamaican Style Curry Powder

Oriental Brand

  • Oriental Brand Grade A Jamaican Curry Powder,
  • Oriental Brand Grade A Jamaican Curry Powder Hot & Spicy

Grace Brand

  • Grace Jamaican Style Mild Curry Powder,
  • Grace Jamaican Style Hot Curry Powder,  
  • Grace Caribbean Tradition Curry Powder,
  • Grace Caribbean Tradition Hot Curry Powder,

Product was distributed in New York and Florida and was sold through internet sales and retail stores nationwide.

The products can be identified by the label bearing the above names in glass and plastic bottles. The sizes including 2oz, 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 22oz and 5 lb.   Product can be identified by the lot numbers and best before date listed below.  This information can be found on the top of the cap.

HOT/SPICY LOT NUMBERS BEST BEFORE DATE:  11/1/18 through 6/29/19
1251621616316164021642116518166031662416111915
1261621716319164081642216519166131662716 
1271622216323194121642716523166141662916 
12916301163241641316428165311661516120115 
20316305163251641416429166011661616120215 
20916307163261642016517166021662316120315 
MILD LOT NUMBERS BEST BEFORE DATE:  11/1/18 through 6/29/19
125162031621716315164021641916515166071662716
126162041622216318164031641416516166131662816
1271620516226163191640416420165271661416120316
1281620816302163221640516421165311661516120315
1301620916305163241640716422166021661616  112015
2011621216307163251641216425166031662216  112315
2021621316314163291641316503166061662316 
HOT/SPICY JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE:  11/1/18 through 6/29/19
013016
MILD JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE:  11/1/18 through 6/29/19
041416

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the New York State Health Department, which revealed that the finished products contained lead.  Oriental Packing Co., Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers are urged to dispose unused product following EPA and/or state and county regulations or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Oriental Packing Company Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST at this toll free number 800-809-9793. 

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