More Ocho Rios Curry Powder Recalled For Possible Lead Contamination

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A few months ago, some lead-contaminated turmeric turned up in a wide variety of retailers, and also in batches of curry powder from Oriental Packing Company sold under a variety of brands. Now the potentially contaminated turmeric has turned up in more curry powder, this batch all sold under the Ocho-Rios and Oriental brands.

We may hear in future that the product was used in a restaurant or other food service establishment, since the product was sold in containers up to 50 pounds.

Here’s what curry fans should look for:

  • Oriental Hot Curry Powder, 50 lb
  • Ocho-Rios Mild Curry Powder, 5 lb
  • Ocho-Rios Jamaican Nice Mild and Spicy Hot Curry Powder, 4 oz

The Food and Drug Administration didn’t specify what it means for a curry powder to simultaneously be “mild,” “spicy,” and “hot,” but did note that the agency has no official standard for how much lead can be in a spice product and for it to still be considered safe to eat. There is, however, a standard for candy (0.1 ppm) and drinking water (0.015 ppm).

If you have questions about the recall or about spices from Oriental Packing Company or any of its brands that you may have in your home, contact the company at 800-809-9793.

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