Apparently, the FDA has finally done something for our sake by taking bold enforcement action on the subject.
It compelled at least three turmeric spice manufacturers, Gel Spice, JM Exotic Foods, and Gel Spice, to issue “voluntary” recalls of their products as a result of high levels of harmful toxins discovered in their spices.
Many people who consume turmeric on a regular basis are unaware that they are ingesting high levels of this dangerous metal, which causes bone disorders, heart and brain damage.
This metal is notoriously common in turmeric powders and turmeric products because this spice is frequently grown in lead-rich soils in India and then imported into America.
According to the FDA recall page, “lead can accumulate in the body over time.” Excessive consumption can lead to health issues such as delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants, and young children should avoid lead exposure in particular. People who are concerned about their blood lead levels should speak with their doctor or a health clinic about testing.”
They investigate food and supplement manufacturers in America, visit the facilities, and take samples of the products in order to review them using ICP-OES or ICP-MS, but they do not specify the amount that must be found in order for a recall to be issued.
Six popular turmeric brands have been recalled as a result of lead contamination. Fortunately, no injuries or illnesses have been reported as a result of high lead levels in turmeric, but Gel Spice, Inc. is now taking precautions.