The FDA has upgraded its recall of some spices sold in New York.

Back in March, the FDA announced the recall of some cinnamon products sold in New York State. This week, the FDA has reclassified the recall.

Cinnamon Products Sold In New York State Recalled


In March, Colonna Brothers of North Bergen, New Jersey recalled its 1.5oz Marcum Ground Cinnamon & 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon.

The products were distributed nationwide through retail stores, according to the FDA.

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The products come in a clear plastic jar labeled with either “Marcum Cinnamon Ground 1.5oz” or “Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon 2.25oz”. Below are the recall lot codes.


Recall Reclassified

This week the FDA reclassified the recall to Class II.

According to the FDA, a Class II recall is:

"A situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote."

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Class I recalls are the most severe.

Reason For Recall: Elevated Lead Levels


The cinnamon is being recalled due to elevated lead levels which can cause a "possible health risk," the FDA reports.

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"The recall was the result of a targeted sampling program of discount brands by the FDA, following heightened sensitivity around Cinnamon," the recall notice states. "Colonna Brothers has voluntarily ceased the production and distribution of all Cinnamon."

Health Risks Of Lead.

The impacts of lead depends on the length of exposure as well as the age and weight of the person exposed.

"If a child is exposed to enough lead for weeks to months permanent damage to the central nervous system may occur. This can result in learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems. For adults, chronic lead exposure is associated with kidney dysfunction, hypertension, and neurocognitive effects," the FDA states.

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