Balquis Yemeni Spice Recall [US]

US FlagUS/Silver Spring: Logo - US Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") Makzemo LLC, a Brooklyn, New York establishment, recalls certain batch/lots of Balquis Yemeni Spice products due to suspected risk of Lead contamination, severe illness and/or possible life-changing complications, all serious health hazards.


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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Spice products are subject to this recall:

  • Balquis Yemeni Spice, sold in clear plastic containers of 230 grams (~one-half pound), 454 grams (one pound) and in clear five (5) pound plastic bags. The recalled Balquis Yemeni Spice products were distributed in Michigan and the five boroughs of New York through retail supermarkets and grocery stores.

=> No barcodes, UPCs, item numbers or other identification numbers were listed with this recall notification.

According to the FDA, this recall was initiated by the New York City Department of Health. The Makzemo has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. You should neither serve nor consume the recalled Yemeni Spices identified above.

Symptoms of Lead poisoning can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of Lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poisoning in children can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays and lower IQ scores.

==> For information about Lead Poisoning, please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning, adulteration or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure neither small children nor household pets can access the suspect food.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the recalled Balquis Yemeni Spice, please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, return the spice products to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

Disposal of this product must be in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements to protect the drinking water supply and the ecosystem. Do not dispose of this product through your household sewer system. Instead, consult with your local pharmacist or municipal waste authority for disposal instructions.

==> If you have a medical emergency, please contact 9-1-1, your closest hospital or emergency center equipped to handle Lead poisoning.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled Balquis Yemeni Spice, please search for “spice” or more generically, “seasoning” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

If you have any questions about this recall, please contact Mr. Khalil Khaled at Makzemo LLC at 1-917-444-2211 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday.

==> To see other recalls and notifications for products manufactured, marketed and/or sold by Makzemo LLC, please search for “Makzemo” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications for products manufactured, marketed and/or sold under the Balquis brand name, please search for “Balquis” using the Search Box at the top of this page.


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Recalls Direct RIN: 11976-2019
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