Aroma Imports Inc. is recalling packages of Nabelsi brand Thyme because the products have the potential to contain excessive levels of lead. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained high levels of lead based on sampling by the FDA and Illinois Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Protection. The calculated lead result was 12,660 µg. per serving. This level exceeds the daily limit guidelines of 6 µg. per day for children, the 25 µg. per day for pregnant women, and the 75 µg. per day for other adults.
The recalled Nabelsi Thyme was distributed from Nov. 7, 2016 until Feb. 22, 2017 to retailers, food service establishments, and wholesalers in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, and Virginia.
The 450 gram size has the UPC Code 4670000205314 and is packaged in a mostly green foil bag that is not transparent on either side. The 4.5 kilogram size has the UPC Code 6670000205374 and is packaged in a silver foil bag. The production date for both sizes is Aug. 20, 2016 and the expiration date is Aug. 20, 2018. The production and expiration dates can be found on the back lower corner of the package. The larger package holds 24 per case and the smaller package holds two per case.
There have been two cases of high blood levels of lead associated with this product to date. Both cases have been reported through the Illinois Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Protection.