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Aroma Imports Inc. Recalls Nabelsi brand Thyme Because of Possible Health Risk

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the calculated lead result is 12,660 µg per serving.  This level exceeds the daily limit guidelines of 6 (2100X's) µg per day for children, the 25 µg per day for pregnant women, and the 75 (170X's) µg per day for other adults.

 

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm547263.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained high levels of lead (422 PPM) based on sampling by U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Illinois Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Protection.  Based on the product’s 30 g serving size, the calculated lead result is 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.

 

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THANK YOU DAVE!

 

That looks like the brand that is carried in one of the markets that I frequent.  I'm also in need of thyme and looked for a bulk pack while I was in said store on Saturday, there wasn't any, but the package you have a picture of sure looks a LOT like the ones I was perusing! 

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Interesting info Dave, but the FDA needs to get its act together as their release is a bit (or a lot) misleading. The product in question is definitely not the singular herb thyme, which I'm surprised you didn't notice, or mention.

 

In looking at the photos you posted I noticed on the back of the package an ingredient list which seemed odd as there needn't be one for a single ingredient item such as thyme. The product in question is za'atar, a traditional Middle Eastern herb and spice blend, of which dried thyme is just one of the ingredients, and often, depending upon the location, the primary ingredient. That happens to be the case in Syria where the producer, Nabelsi, is located in the capital city of Damascus.

 

Also, in the Arabic language, which I'm really rusty with these days, the word زَعْتَر is quite often used interchangeably for both the single herb thyme, and the blend, za'atar. In looking at the front of the package, you'll see that word in the upper left.

 

This leads me to question how the all-knowing FDA can proclaim thyme the culprit prompting the recall, and not one of the other listed ingredients shown, sumac, roasted sesame seeds, oregano, cumin, and caraway seeds.


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Interesting info Dave, but the FDA needs to get its act together as their release is a bit (or a lot) misleading. The product in question is definitely not the singular herb thyme, which I'm surprised you didn't notice, or mention.

 

In looking at the photos you posted I noticed on the back of the package an ingredient list which seemed odd as there needn't be one for a single ingredient item such as thyme. The product in question is za'atar, a traditional Middle Eastern herb and spice blend, of which dried thyme is just one of the ingredients, and often, depending upon the location, the primary ingredient. That happens to be the case in Syria where the producer, Nabelsi, is located in the capital city of Damascus.

 

Also, in the Arabic language, which I'm really rusty with these days, the word زَعْتَر is quite often used interchangeably for both the single herb thyme, and the blend, za'atar. In looking at the front of the package, you'll see that word in the upper left.

 

This leads me to question how the all-knowing FDA can proclaim thyme the culprit prompting the recall, and not one of the other listed ingredients shown, sumac, roasted sesame seeds, oregano, cumin, and caraway seeds.

 

dls1, Afternoon....   I don't question the report...   I'm not smart enough to know most of what they are talking about...  

 

I just get all their stuff delivered to my e-mail box and pass on anything I think may be of value to our members...     sort of, "I heard / read this stuff and it may interest you"..... 

 

Soooooo, if you find it useful....  that's good... 

 

I do find it interesting though.......   a country that is sooooooo friendly to the US, has sent us stuff that is adulterated with lead...  known to cause severe brain damage in children...   Maybe they are using an antiquated Roman aqueduct to get their water...

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