It wasn't stated if the recall was due to the previously recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

March 7, 2024

2 Min Read
6 cinnamon brands on public alert
Be aware if any brand listed is stocked in your facilities.Image courtesy of nndanko / iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert for six brands of cinnamon, determining that the ground cinnamon products contain elevated levels of lead and that prolonged exposure to these products may be unsafe.

The FDA is advising consumers to throw away and not to buy these ground cinnamon products. For manufacturers and distributors, be aware if any brand listed below are in your facilities.

The FDA has recommended that the firms voluntarily recall these products, with the exception of the MTCI cinnamon. The FDA has not been able to reach MTCI to request a company recall. The FDA will update this notice with the communications from firms that voluntarily agree to recall as the agency receives them.

The agency did not state if this recall stems from the major October 2023 and beyond recalls of WanaBana, Weis, and Schnucks applesauce pouches.

Products Affected

Distributor

Retailers

Brand

Names(s)

Lots/Codes

Lead

Concentration

(ppm)

Product Image

La Fiesta Food Products

La Miranda, CA           

La Superior

SuperMercados

La Fiesta

25033

2.73

Moran Foods, LLC

Saint Ann, MO       

Save A Lot   

Marcum

Best By:

10/16/25 10DB

04/06/25 0400B1

3.20  

2.70

MTCI

Santa Fe Springs, CA 

SF Supermarket

MK

No codes

2.99

Raja Foods LLC

Skokie, IL     

Patel Brothers   

Swad

KX21223 

2.12

Greenbriar International, Inc.

Chesapeake, VA        

Dollar Tree  

Family Dollar 

Supreme

Tradition

Best By:

09/29/25 09E8

04/17/25  04E11

12/19/25 12C2

04/12/25 04ECB12

08/24/25 08A_ _

04/21/25 04E5

04/21/25 04E5 

2025-09-22 09E20 (Missouri) 

3.37

2.26

2.03

2.34

3.14

3.12

2.88

3.13

El Chilar

Apopka, FL

La Joya Morelense 

(Baltimore, MD)

El Chilar

F275EX1026 (Maryland)

D300EX1024 (Maryland) 

3.40

2.93

(Chart and images by FDA)

The FDA has set limits for lead levels only in certain foods; spices aren't among them. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, however, has a proposed international safety standard of 2.5 parts per million for spices that include cinnamon.

Cinnamon has a long shelf life so be sure to check your homes and manufacturing/distribution facilities and discard. To speak with the FDA if you have any of these products call an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator at your state's listed number.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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