US firm recalls Jamaica-branded curry
Oriental Packing Company in Miami, Florida, has recalled approximately 377,000 pounds of blended seasoning curry products because they are contaminated with lead.
Most of the products are branded with names linked to Jamaica, but the company did not say if they were made in Jamaica.
According to Oriental Packing, the products were distributed in New York and Florida and were sold through Internet sales and retail stores nationwide.
The products can be identified by the labels bearing the names in glass and plastic bottles. The sizes including 2oz, 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 22oz and 5lb.
The company added that the product can be identified by the lot numbers and best before dates, which can be found on the top of the cap or at the bottom of the bottle.
Oriental Packing said the recall was the result of a routine sampling programme by the New York State Health Department, which revealed that the finished products contained lead.
It said it has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
"Consumers are urged to dispose of unused product following EPA and/or state and county regulations, or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, said Oriental Packing.
Lead can accumulate in the body over time and can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences.
The recalled products include:
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 Mild Curry Powder
- Oriental Hot Curry Powder
- Grace Mild Curry Powder
- Grace Hot Curry Powder
- Grace Caribbean Curry Powder
- Grace Caribbean Tradition Hot Curry Powder