Turmeric Recalled For Lead Contamination

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri just issued a product recall for its <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">Archer Farms Ground Turmeric over lead contamination concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The lead contaminated Turmeric was sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g). This recall is a result of notification from B&M, Incorporated’s supplier that the Ground Turmeric it provided contained excessive levels of lead.

Archer Farms Ground Turmeric was distributed nationwide, from June 2009 to February 2010, to Target retail stores located in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, and Wisconsin.

The contaminated Archer Farms Ground Turmeric UPC is 0-85239-02612-0 and the lot numbers and best buy dates are: 1740901A, Best By 6/23/2011; 2180902A, Best By 8/6/11; 2780906A, Best By 10/5/2011; 2920903A, Best By 10/19/11; 3060903A, Best By 11/2/2011; 0071003A, Best By1/7/2012. Lot numbers and Best By dates can be found on the bottom of the bottle. No other Archer Farms Brand spices are involved and no illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this recall.

Lead can accumulate in the body over time and pregnant women, infants and young children, especially, should avoid exposure to lead. Lead exposure in children and unborn children can lead to brain and nervous system damage; slowed growth; headaches; mental and physical retardation; and behavioral, learning, hearing, and other health problems. The developing brain is of particular concern because the negative influences of lead exposure can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond. Once poisoned, no organ system is immune.

Lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—generally without diarrhea—and constipation, and changes in activity level. A child with lead toxicity can be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic. Lead exposure and poisoning can show up dentally, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue. In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive, aggressive, sleep, and maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence, and infertility; they may be over-sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing.

Consumers in possession of the recalled Turmeric may return it to the store at which it was purchased. B&M, Inc. can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.321.5852, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central Standard Time. Target Guest Relations can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.316.6151.

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