FDA Alert - Cinnamon Products and Elevated Levels of Lead

FDA Alert Concerning Certain Cinnamon Products Due to Presence of Elevated Levels of Lead

Through product testing, the FDA has determined that the ground cinnamon products listed in the table here contain elevated levels of lead and that prolonged exposure to these products may be unsafe.

Recommendations for consumers

  • The FDA is advising consumers to stop using and dispose of these products. 
  • Consumers should not eat, sell, or serve ground cinnamon products listed in the table above and should discard them.  
  • These products have a long shelf life. Consumers should check their homes and discard these products.  
  • If there’s suspicion that someone has been exposed to elevated levels of lead, talk to your healthcare provider. Most people have no obvious immediate symptoms of lead exposure. 

What is Lead?

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth's crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals, causing health effects. Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.

Learn about lead, its health effects, and what to do if you think your child has been exposed to lead.