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Dangerous Levels of Lead Flood America’s Markets – FDA Links to Spice Mill in Ecuador

By Ben Pace

Recent findings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have brought alarming news to light: ground cinnamon, a staple in many households, is being sold by popular discount retailers, including Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, with dangerous levels of lead. The FDA’s investigation has traced the source of this contamination to grinding machines in a spice mill located in Ecuador.

[i] Lead poisoning can lead to a myriad of health issues, including:

  • learning disabilities
  • behavioral difficulties, and
  • lower IQ levels.

Despite these dangers, recent FDA updates in March of 2024 have confirmed the presence of lead-contaminated cinnamon flooding the general market.[ii] With lead-infested products permeating the general market, it’s important for families to discard any potential products with high contents of lead, and to understand their rights and options for recourse.

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If you or a loved one have been affected by lead-contaminated products, contact Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP for a free consultation. Our attorneys specialize in navigating complex liability cases and will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected.

[i]“Investigation of Elevated Lead & Chromium Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches” (November 2023). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. February 27, 2024,

[ii] “FDA Alert Concerning Certain Cinnamon Products Due to Presence of Elevated Levels of Lead.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, March 6, 2024,

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