After an inquiry from Syracuse Food, on April 18 Joe Collerd, Vice President of Marketing at C. F. Sauer Inc. provided this column with updated Spice Hunter ground turmeric recall information. Collerd’s email contained the specific varieties and lot numbers of the recalled Spice Hunter brand ground turmeric and ground curry seasonings which may have been sold in Syracuse area supermarkets during the last 18 months.
According to Collerd, C. F. Sauer, the parent company of Spice Hunter, initiated the voluntary recall after their turmeric root distributor notified the company that the turmeric root may have been contaminated with lead. The recalled lots of ground turmeric and two curry seasonings containing ground turmeric were originally distributed nationwide in 2009.
Top Food & Drug, a Pacific northwest supermarket chain, made food alert news when they publicized a recall of the Spice Hunter ground turmeric and curry seasonings after the April 15 announcement of a national recall of Archer Foods ground turmeric, sold at Target stores. According to the Spice Hunter retail locations webpage, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo consumers could have found these spices locally at Wegmans, the now-closed P&C supermarket chain, and northeast supermarket chain Tops Friendly Markets (not affliated with the Pacific northwest Top Food & Drug chain.) Although the spices were distributed in 2009 to retailers, consumers could still have jars of the spices in their kitchen cupboards, and should discard them.
Updated Spice Hunter recall information
The following ground spice products, distributed in 2009, have been voluntarily recalled by Spice Hunter:
- Item # 1330 Curry Seasoning with date codes: 09 198 or 09 225
- Item # 1335 Indian Hot Curry with date code: 09 222
- Item # 1985 Turmeric with date codes: 09 196, 09 201, 09 247, and 09 264
According to Collerd’s email to Syracuse Food, only these three items produced under the listed date codes and distributed in 2009 are affected by the Spice Hunter voluntary ground turmeric and curry seasonings recall. No other Spice Hunter seasonings are affected. Syracuse Food thanks Mr. Collerd for his cooperation and speed in providing answers to the request for updated recall information.
Read more about the current national recall of ground turmeric – Ground turmeric, curry seasoning blend recalled for high lead content
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