Monday 6 July, 2020

Jamaicans assured recalled curry not sold at home

Following a recall by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving Oriental brand and OCHO-RIOS brand curry powder last month, Jamaicans are being told that the spices are not on sale in Jamaica.

The National Compliance Regulatory Authority (NRCA) in Jamaica stated that the 'Jamaican curry powder’ being recalled by the Department of Health in Connecticut in the United States is not being sold there.

The curry powder is produced by Oriental Packing Company, and the NRCA says from its investigations, there is no indication that Oriental Packing is a local manufacturer or distributor. 

The recall, which was widely publicised last month, was reportedly triggered by the presence of lead in three of Oriental Packing's products.

In a statement on the matter, the NRCA said based on information received about the recall in August of last year, the authority did random sampling of curry powder from local producers.

The samples were tested by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) against the Jamaican Standard Specification for Spices and Sauces, which includes testing for lead and other heavy metals.

The tests results were within specification, and no anomalies existed.

The statement said the NCRA, BSJ, the Consumers Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Health will continue to collaborate on the investigation.

Specific products included in this recall — all with the same date and lot codes — are:

  • OCHO-RIOS Jamaican Nice Mild and Spicy Hot Curry Powder in 4-ounce plastic bottles with “BEST BEFORE: 9/19/19 through 9/21/19” and a lot number of either 091316A or 091316B;
  • OCHO-RIOS Mild Curry Powder in 5-pound plastic bags with “BEST BEFORE: 9/19/19 through 9/21/19” and a lot number of either 091316A or 091316B; and
  • Oriental Hot Curry Powder in 50-pound bags with “BEST BEFORE: 9/19/19 through 9/21/19” and a lot number of either 091316A or 091316B.

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