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Update: Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Expanded Recall of Ground Tumeric Powder Due to Elevated Lead Levels

For Immediate Release

August 5, 2016



(201) 564-0435


Gel Spice, Inc. is expanding its recall of ground turmeric powder to include additional brands because of elevated lead levels. 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.

The additional products being recalled are identified in the table below.

Brand/Description and Net WeightLot/BB codeUPC NUMBER
Spice Select/8 oz03/18/19076114007730
Market Pantry/0.95 oz05APR2019085239211038
Gel/15 oz04/18/19076114800867
Gel/15 oz05/16/19076114800867
Clear Value /0.75oz04/27/19036800354920
Lieber’s/2 oz05/13/19043427006361
Spice Supreme/2 oz05/17/19076114364628

The products were distributed by various retailers throughout the United States.

Sampling and testing of another product, produced from the same bulk turmeric, revealed the elevated level of lead.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased the ground turmeric powders identified above should discard the product.  Consumers with questions about the recalled product may call (201) 564-0435 between the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Original FDA Recall Page


Product Photos

  • Lieber’s Turmeric, 2 oz
  • Gel, Ground Turmeric, 15 oz.
  • Market Pantry Ground Turmeric, 0.95 oz.
  • Clear Value, Ground Turmeric, 0.75 oz.
  • Spice Supreme, Ground Turmeric, 2 oz.
  • Spice Select, Ground Turmeric, 0.8 oz.

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