July 22, 2016

Consumer Alert: Elevated Lead Levels in “Jamaican Curry Powder”

Consumer Alert: Elevated Lead Levels in “Jamaican Curry Powder”

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers to a concern for elevated levels of lead in Blue Mountain brand “Jamaican Curry Powder,” packaged and distributed by Eve Sales Corporation located at 945 Close Ave, Bronx, New York.  No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. 

The recalled “Jamaican Curry Powder” is packaged in a 6 ounce glass jar.  It has a code of B/B 06/03/19 OPC LOT #060116 on the bottom of the container.  The package also has a UPC code of 09349-19906.  The product was distributed throughout the United States.   

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead. 

Lead at elevated levels, if consumed, may cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders If a child or a pregnant woman is exposed to lead for a prolonged period of time, permanent damage to the central nervous system, learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems can occur. Pregnant women, children and patients with underlying kidney problems who may have consumed any of the above products should consult with their physician or health care provider. 

Consumers who have purchased “Jamaican Curry Powder” should discard the product.   Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact Stewart Gayle at (718) 589-6800.