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Teavana Organic Tea Recalled Due to Possibility of Salmonella

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Salmonella invades human cellsSalmonella┬áis a type of foodborne bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in the case of young children, elderly people, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Even if you are not part of the at-risk group, you can still become quite ill — symptoms often include vomiting, fever, diarrhea (possibly bloody), nausea, and abdominal pain.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced the recall of over a ton of peppermint herbal tea sold through Teavana locations, as well as through mail-order. The reason? Possible salmonella contamination.

Micheal Booth, a writer for The Denver Post, gives us some details:

Teavana Corp. is recalling 2,700 pounds of ‘Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea’ because of possible salmonella contamination, according to the health department. Customers who bought the suspected batches of tea should not drink it, and should return it for a refund.

Vanessa Miller, a writer for The Daily Camera, gives us a few more specifics:

About 54 pounds of the dry tea was sold in Teavana locations in Colorado between Dec. 4 and Feb. 16, according to state health officials. Mail order and Internet stock was sold between Nov. 30 and Feb. 16.

There are no lot or batch numbers on the packaging. The tea, which was produced by Aromatics Inc., based in Basin City, Wash., is sold in stores measured to customers’ orders or in 2-ounce pre-packaged pouches via mail order.

Fortunately there have been no illnesses reported so far. Hopefully the recall will be completely effective and there won’t be any. Those with questions or issues related to this recall are encouraged to call Teavana’s Customer Service line at 877-832-8262.

These particular bacteria have been in the news a lot lately. Vitalabs has just recalled its Whey 26 Protein Powder because of the possible salmonella contamination. Again, this is a precautionary recall, as no illnesses from the protein powder have been reported as of this time.

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