Roberts Health Foods’ Turmeric is Free of toxic lead!
All of Roberts Health Foods bulk powdered turmeric is certified free of lead, heavy metals and unwanted contaminants, however, not all companies can say the same for the their turmeric.
At least three Turmeric spice manufacturer companies have been forced to issue “voluntarily” recalls of their turmeric products due to dangerous levels of lead found in their spices.
Any person consuming turmeric products from these questionable sources are at risk of eating dangerous quantities of a toxic heavy metal linked to brain damage, bone disorders, and heart damage. Lead is notoriously common in low-quality turmeric powders and turmeric products because a large amount of turmeric is grown in soil with a high-lead content in or around India and China, and then imported into the United States. Remember, just because a product is labeled as packaged, processed, or distributed in the U.S. does NOT mean that it was grown there.
Lead can wreak havoc on the nervous system and vital organs due to its ability to accumulate within the body. Even the FDA now acknowledges that, “Too much [lead exposure] 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.”
There are now 6 brands of turmeric being recalled due to lead contamination.
So far, there have been no illnesses or injuries reported from the high lead levels in the turmeric, but Gel Spice, Inc., the company expanding the recall, is taking precautions.
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 Weight||Lot/BB code||UPC NUMBER|
|Spice Select/8 oz||03/18/19||076114007730|
|Market Pantry/0.95 oz||05APR2019||085239211038|
|Clear Value /0.75oz||04/27/19||036800354920|
|Spice Supreme/2 oz||05/17/19||076114364628|
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.