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Photo courtesy U.S. Food and Drug Administration, March 14, 2024.

Canadian authorities monitoring cinnamon recall in U.S.

By Randy Thoms Mar 14, 2024 | 5:00 PM

No concerns from Canadian authorities about a cinnamon recall in the United States.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says several brands have been taken off the shelves because they may contain elevated levels of lead.

Officials say short-term exposures to very low levels of lead may not elicit any symptoms, but increased blood lead levels can be a sign of lead exposure.

The recall follows an investigation into increased levels among in children after eating certain apple puree and applesauce products containing the spice.

Prolonged exposure to lead by children can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system.

Chronic lead exposure among adults is associated with kidney dysfunction, hypertension, and neurocognitive effects.

The U.S. recall includes products sold at the Dollar Tree store in Calais, Maine, and the Family Dollar in Eastport.

The cinnamon from those stores was sold in a clear plastic jar labelled with “Marcum Cinnamon Ground 1.5oz” or ‚ÄúSupreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon 2.25oz”.

Only the following lot codes are affected:

  • 1.5oz Marcum Ground Cinnamon Best By:10/16/25 10DB
  • 1.5oz Marcum Ground Cinnamon Best By: 04/06/25 0400B1
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 09/29/25 09E8
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 04/17/25 04E11
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 12/19/25 12C2
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 04/12/25 04ECB12
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 08/24/25 08A
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 04/21/25 04E5
  • 2.25oz Supreme Tradition Ground Cinnamon Best By: 09/22/2025 09E20

No illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is not aware of any of the recalled products being sold in Canada.

The agency says it has been in contact with U.S. authorities and is monitoring the situation.

It says any recall will be posted on its website.