Potential Lead Exposure With Recalled Brands of Curry Powder

Summary:

Two recalls have been issued for curry powder due to containing elevated levels of lead. Elevated blood lead levels can harm a person’s health, and can damage the brain and nervous system, slow growth and development, cause learning, behavior, hearing and speech problems.

Background:

The recalls were initiated after testing was done by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, which found elevated levels of lead. The curry powder was shipped and distributed in Michigan. The curry powder was labeled and distributed under several different brand names including Baraka, Butera, Corrado’s, Mediterranean Specialty, Nouri’s and Orlando.

More information about the recalls and images of the different packaging can be found at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm624397.htm and https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm624227.htm.

A Michigan child with elevated blood lead levels is currently being investigated as a potential link to exposure to this recalled curry powder. There may be additional recalls of curry powder in the near future as this investigation continues.

Recommendations:

  • Immediately discontinue all use of these brands of curry powder.
  • Blood lead testing for all persons who may have consumed or came in contact with these brands of curry powder. Exposed individuals should talk with their primary care provider about getting a blood lead test.
  • If there are questions about blood lead levels related to this product, please contact the MDHHS Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 517-335-8885
  • If there are clinical questions about lead exposure and lead poisoning, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222

For More Information:

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services: Lead