Teavana Peppermint Tea Recall Isssued Due to Salmonella Contamination
A potential risk of contamination with Salmonella has led to the recall of 2,659 lbs. of Teavana Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea.
The Teavana tea recall was announced on March 3, by the FDA and Teavana Corporation, after the manufacturer, Aromatics Inc., indicated that a sample of the finished product tested positive for salmonella. However, there have been no cases of salmonella food poisoning reported in connection to the contaminated tea.
Teavana Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea was sold in Teavana stores nationwide between December 4, 2010 and February 16, 2011. The tea was also sold online and through mail order in 2 oz pouches between November 30, 2010 and February 16, 2011.
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In addition to the Teavana tea recall, RemedyTeas also recalled about 20 lbs. of Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea that was also made by Aromatics Inc. The RemedyTeas tea recall affects #137 Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea and #120 Tranquility Herbal Tea sold in RemedyTeas retail stores and through mail and internet orders.
RemedyTeas #137 Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea was sold between January 18 and March 4. The recalled #120 Tranquility Herbal Tea was sold between February 22 and March 4.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing mild to severe food poisoning. For most healthy adults, symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella typically resolve after a few days or weeks. However, young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not properly treated, some cases of salmonella food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, dehydration or death.
Teavana and RemedyTeas recommend that consumers who purchased the recalled teas return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Teavana customer service at 1-877-832-8262 or RemedyTeas customer service at 206-323-4832.
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