New Yorkers are once again being asked to check their pantries for products containing high levels of lead.

The New York State Department of Health and State Department of Agriculture and Markets are urging New Yorkers to heed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s alert regarding certain harmful ground cinnamon products.

This comes after the October 2023 recall of cinnamon apple puree and applesauce products sparked further product testing by the FDA.

State agencies are making New Yorkers aware of the FDA's recent alert concerning certain ground cinnamon products containing high levels of lead.

State agencies are making New Yorkers aware of the FDA’s recent alert concerning certain ground cinnamon products containing high levels of lead.

“In light of the FDA’s recent alert regarding elevated levels of lead in certain brands of cinnamon, we are urging New York families to check their shelves and immediately dispose of any of the products noted in the alert,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said Friday.

“As we learn more from FDA, the Department will work with the State’s retail food establishments to ensure that these products are removed from stores. We will continue to follow this issue closely and keep consumers and retail stores informed.”

Here’s which products to look for and what to do if you have them on your shelves.

Which brands have high levels of lead?

La Fiesta, Marcum, MK, Swad, Supreme Tradition and El Chilar brands contain high levels of lead, according to the FDA’s alert.

Multiple retailers, including some in New York, have sold and distributed the products, including Save A Lot, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar.

Here are the lot/code numbers, best by dates, lead levels and where they’re sold, if applicable.

What to do if you have the affected products

If you have purchased any of the affected ground cinnamon products, you should throw them out immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you or your children may have consumed the products or if you have any symptoms of lead toxicity.

Short term exposure symptoms of lead toxicity include headache, abdominal pain/colic, vomiting and/or anemia.

Longer term exposure symptoms can include irritability, lethargy, fatigue, muscle aches or muscle prickling/burning, constipation, difficulty concentrating/muscular weakness, tremors and/or weight loss.

Emily Barnes is the New York State Team consumer advocate reporter for the USA TODAY Network. Contact Barnes at [email protected] or on Twitter @byemilybarnes.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Cinnamon lead recall: Which brands were sold in NY stores?

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