Posted July 1, 2013

Teas Recalled Due To Potential Botulism Contamination

One June 28, 2013, Harmony Chai issued a voluntary recall of its Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai bottled tea drinks, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. Consumers should not buy or drink these teas, even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

While there are no reports of illness associated with these teas to date, they have the potential to be contaminated because they were not properly processed.

Symptoms of botulism include general weakness, muscle weakness, dizziness, double-vision, abdominal tension, constipation, trouble with speaking or swallowing and difficulty in breathing. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The recall includes all lots of Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai bottled tea drinks, which were sold in farmers markets, grocery stores and cafes in western Washington state (including Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and King Counties) and can be identified by the following:

Concentrated Black Spiced Chai bottled in 22 oz (650ml) amber glass with UPC 0510501311 and 64 oz (1892.7ml) amber glass jugs with UPC 0510501301

Decaffeinated Roobios Chai bottled in 22 oz (624.25 ml) amber glass with UPC 9450402431 and 64 oz (1892.7ml) amber glass jugs with UPC 0510501301

Consumers can get more information about botulism or other foodborne illnesses by contacting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Food Information Line at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free), 10 AM to 4 PM ET, Monday through Friday or at http://www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm.

For more information about this recall, use the link below.