RemedyTeas is recalling 20 pounds of its Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea produced by Aromatics Inc. of Basin City, Wash., because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, salmonella "is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis."
The #137 Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea or #120 Tranquility Herbal Tea being recalled was sold in amounts specified by customers in retail stores, and in 2-ounce pre-packaged pouches via mail order and via the Internet. There are no lot/batch identifying markings on the store or eCommerce packaging. Retail stock of #137 Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea was sold between January 18, 2011 and March 4, 2011. Retail stock of #120 Tranquility Herbal Tea was sold between February 22, 2011 and March 4, 2011. Any purchases not within those dates are not affected by this recall.
Customers can return the tea for a full refund. For more information, call 206-323-4832 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. PST.
According to RemedyTeas, "While no illness related to this voluntary recall has been reported to date, any potential health risk is significantly reduced when following the printed brewing instructions on the package or available online, i.e. using 205 F water temperature."
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