The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for consumers to avoid buying or using certain brands of ground cinnamon containing elevated levels of lead. Some of this cinnamon is sold at stores in Indiana - prolonged exposure to these products could be unsafe.

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High levels of exposure to lead in utero, infancy, and early childhood can lead to neurological effects such as learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, and lowered IQ.

Which Brands of Cinnamon Are Included in the FDA Warning?

The FDA issued a warning about six brands of ground cinnamon that have been tested and show elevated levels of lead. Two of the brands, listed below are sold at stores in Indiana.

  • Marcum ground cinnamon is sold at Save A Lot stores.
  • Supreme Tradition ground cinnamon is sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.

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Although no illnesses have been reported, the distributors of both brands have issued a voluntary recall for those products.

What to Do If You Have This Contaminated Cinnamon

Simply put, if you have any of these products, you should stop using them and dispose of them.  Keep in mind this kind of product has a long shelf life, so be sure to check your home. If you believe that you or someone you know has been exposed to elevated levels of lead, talk to your healthcare provider.

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