If you've got cinnamon sitting in your spice rack, now's the time to take a look at where you made that purchase.

Just months after a massive cinnamon applesauce recall, now even more of the stuff is getting pulled off store shelves.

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Traces of lead, enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get involved, have been found in cinnamon and they want us to start pitching what we have.

There were six different distributors urged to recall their products while three of them have stores in Illinois including:

  • Marcum, with a best-by date of 10/16/2025 and 04/06/2025 sold at Save-A-Lot stores
  • Supreme Tradition, with best-by dates of 04/2025 through 09/2025 sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.
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Another of the distributors, SWAD Raja Foods, based in Skokie, Illinois was listed as well. Their lone retailer, Patel Brothers, with four locations in Illinois should also be recalling the ground cinnamon per the FDA.

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If you have ground cinnamon from any of these retailers, the FDA warns and cautions you to throw it away.

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That said, the FDA does mention that compared to the cinnamon applesauce recall from last fall, it's not quite as dangerous.


It is important to note that the lead levels found in the ground cinnamon products listed above are significantly lower than lead levels in cinnamon in the recalled apple sauce pouches removed from the market this past fall...Therefore, these ground cinnamon products do not pose the same level of risk to human health as the apple sauce pouches but could be unsafe for prolonged use.

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