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    Lead-Tainted Turmeric Leads to FDA Crackdown

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    The FDA is rethinking their import policies on spices after a number of bottles of turmeric from Bangladesh tested positive for lead.

    The FDA is rethinking their import policies on spices after a number of bottles of turmeric from Bangladesh tested positive for lead.

    A voluntary recall was initiated by the company that sells the brand, called Pran’s, in the US.

    The owner did so after being approached by the FDA and told of their findings.

    He said, “They came here, they took the sampling, they sent it to the lab, the lab results came back and they asked me to hold turmeric powder.”

    Prior to their warning, the company had distributed the product to several retailers in Dallas, Texas between July and September of this year.

    Inspectors are in the process of destroying hundreds of pounds of the contaminated turmeric in a local warehouse.

    Spices in general are the latest concern for the organization, as 90 percent of all spices sold in the US come from other countries, many of which have very different laws and standards when it comes to consumables.

    In some cases, imported spices get through inspection, to then be used on domestic products, contaminating them and causing illnesses.

    Overall, its recommended that spices be added to food during the cooking process rather than when the food hits the table.