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Posted May 6, 2017

Herbal Teas Recalled Due To Botulism Risk

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp. of Los Angeles, California, issued a recall of various herbal teas because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

One case of botulism associated with drinking this tea has been confirmed in California, according to the LA Times.

Clostridium botulinum is an organism which can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. Symptoms 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. It can lead to life-threatening paralysis of breathing muscles requiring support with a breathing machine (ventilator) and intensive care.

The recalled herbal teas were distributed to individual customers and acupuncturists in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. They include:

  • Herbal Tea Variety Batches prepared on premise at U.S. Deer Antler Ex. & Imp. in Los Angeles , CA between 4/1/17 and 4/30/17
  • Packaging: 120 ml per pouch, 40 pouches per case

Consumers who have purchased this tea should not drink these teas, and return them to their original place of purchase.

See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Green Tea Supplements, Drinks and Brewable Teas for tests of related products.

See Related Warnings:

Tea Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Green Tea from Tea Bags Linked to Acute Hepatitis

Flax Seed and Chia Powders Recalled

Garden of Life Shakes and Meals Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Garden Of Life Recall Expanded

For more about the recall, use the link below.