Georgia Department of Agriculture

Teavana recalls Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea because of possible bacteria contamination

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerts consumers to the recall of some organic peppermint herbal tea that is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
The recall includes nearly 2,700 pounds of the Teavana Corporation Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea, produced by Aromatics, Inc., Basin City, Wash.

Symptoms of salmonella often include fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Salmonella can also lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Those at high risk could experience infection in the bloodstream, leading to more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

The tea was sold nationwide in Teavana retail stores and through mail and internet orders in pre-packaged, two-ounce pouches. No lot or batch markings are displayed on the store or e-commerce packaging. Store stock was sold Dec. 4-Feb. 16 while mail and internet orders were sold Nov. 30-Feb. 16.

The company conducted batch sample testing after receiving notification by the vendor, which revealed the finished products contained bacteria. Production and distribution has been discontinued while the Food and Drug Administration and the company investigate the origin of the contamination.

Consumers who purchased the tea should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Those with questions may contact Teavana at (877) 832-8262, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.


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