WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning regarding elevated lead levels found in ground cinnamon products sold at various discount retailers across the United States. The alert, published on March 7, 2024, advises consumers to dispose of these products immediately due to potential health risks associated with lead exposure.

The affected ground cinnamon products were distributed by several retailers, including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Patel Brothers, Save A Lot, SuperMercados, and La Superior. The FDA’s warning comes in response to concerns raised by the October 2023 recall of cinnamon applesauce pouches, which were linked to lead poisoning in hundreds of children.

Following the applesauce recall, the FDA initiated a targeted survey of ground cinnamon products from discount stores. Samples collected from various distributors revealed elevated lead levels ranging from 2.03 to 3.4 parts per million. While lower than the levels found in the recalled applesauce, prolonged exposure to these products may still pose health risks, particularly to children.

Lead exposure can lead to a range of health issues, including learning disabilities, behavioral difficulties, and lower IQ in children. The FDA advises consumers to refrain from purchasing the identified ground cinnamon products and to discard any containers they may have at home.

Retailers, including Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, have removed the contaminated cinnamon from their shelves. Customers who have purchased these products are encouraged to return them to the store for a refund.

There have been no reported illnesses or adverse health effects associated with the consumption of the affected ground cinnamon products. However, the FDA emphasizes the importance of proactive measures to prevent further exposure to lead.

In addition to the consumer alert, the FDA has reached out to cinnamon manufacturers, processors, distributors, and facility operators to remind them of their responsibility to prevent contamination in food products, including spices like cinnamon. The agency continues to monitor food products for lead levels to ensure consumer safety.

Consumers are urged to remain vigilant and to report any adverse reactions or concerns related to the consumption of ground cinnamon products to the FDA.