Recall: Lead Found in 377,000 lbs. of Seasoning Blends

More than 188 tons of blended seasoning products sold nationwide in retail stores, as well as online, have been recalled due to lead contamination.


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.
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Blue Mountain Brand

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

Jamaica Choice Brand

  • Jamaica Choice Mild
  • Jamaica Hot Curry Powder

Ocho Rios Brand

  • Ocho-Rios Jamaican Nice Mild Curry Powder
  • Ocho Rios Spicy Curry Powder
  • Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Mild
  • Ocho Rios Jerk Curry Seasoning Spicy

Oriental Brand

  • Oriental Mild Curry Powder
  • Oriental Hot Curry Powder

Grace Brand

  • Grace Mild Curry Powder
  • Grace Hot Curry Powder
  • Grace Caribbean 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

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 or at the bottom of the bottle.

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
1301620916305163241640716422166021661616112015
2011621216307163251641216425166031662216112315
2021621316314163291641316503166061662316

HOT/SPICY JERK LOT NUMBER BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/1/18 through 6/29/19

013016

MILD HEAT 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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