Posted January 16, 2014

Seller of Tea Supplements and Drinks Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On December 31, 2013, the FDA issued a warning to Prestige Chinese Teas Company, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Ginseng Lin-Chi Tuo Cha tea, Premier LIN-CHI Plus capsules, E-TEA Herbal Drink, E-TEA Capsules, Herbal Eczema Capsules, Dieters' Herbal Drink X-Strength, Dieters' Herbal Drink Regular Strength and Dieters' Herbal Drink capsules are adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

These violations include failure to verify the identity of ingredients used to manufacture finished dietary supplements and failure to prepare and follow a written master manufacturing record for each unique formulation of dietary supplement.

Statements made about Ginseng Lin-Chi Tuo Cha tea, Premier LIN-CHI Plus capsules, E-TEA Herbal Drink, E-TEA Capsules, and Herbal Eczema Capsules on the company's websites, www.pcteas.com and www.teastohealth.com, were also found to be drug claims.

Ginseng Lin-Chi Tuo Cha tea and Premier LIN-CHI Plus Capsules were promoted to treat high cholesterol with statements such as "a Chinese Tea Containing a Simple Tree Herb Substantially Lower YOUR CHOLESTROL [sic]? There is research that says YES!" Prestige Chinese Teas also used website metatags such as "cholesterol reducing tea ... green tea cholesterol, cholesterol reduce and lowering cholesterol," to direct internet search engines to the sites.

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Ginseng Supplements and Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements for tests of related products.)

E-TEA Herbal Drink and E-TEA Capsules were promoted to treat eczema and other conditions with statements such as "Herbal Support for Eczema Sufferer" and "The conditions which have shown a significant response to the eczema formula include asthma, emphysema, psoriasis, certain rheumatic conditions, and numerous neurological maladies."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Green Tea Supplements, Drinks and Brewable Teas and Black Currant, Borage, Evening Primrose, and Flaxseed Oil Supplements for tests of related products.)

See Related Warnings:

Tea and Papaya Supplement Company Warned For Drug Claims

Brewable Tea and Tea Supplement Company Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

FDA Warns of Medical Claims Made For Numerous Chinese Herbal Products

To read the FDA's warning letter, use the link below.