Harmony Chai Tea Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Harmony Chai recalls some Concentrated Black Spiced Chai Tea and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai Tea due to incomplete processing, Botulism hazards. FDA: http://ht.ly/mvFb2

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm359139.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports following Teas are subject to this recall:

  • Concentrated Black Spiced Chai bottled in 22 oz (650ml) amber glass; UPC: 0510501311 and 64 oz (1892.7ml) amber glass jugs; UPC: 0510501301
  • Decaffeinated Roobios Chai bottled in 22 oz (624.25 ml) amber glass UPC 9450402431 and 64 oz (1892.7ml) amber glass jugs; UPC: 0510501301

About Botulism:
The US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) says Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve poison that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum). Foodborne Botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin. You can also get Botulism from an infected wound. All forms of Botulism can cause paralysis and be fatal so emergency medical attention is necessary.

Clostridium botulinum bacteria cannot grow in air, so Foodborne Botulism is usually seen only when certain foods are stored or prepared improperly. These typically include the following:

  • Improperly prepared low-acid, home-canned foods (such as asparagus, beets, green beans, mushrooms, peppers);
  • Improperly smoked fish;
  • Improperly prepared raw marine mammal meat (such as whale, walrus, seal);
  • Non-refrigerated storage of low-acid fruit juices (such as carrot juice); and
  • Baked potatoes improperly stored in aluminum foil.

To learn more about Botulism, please visit the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”): http://1.usa.gov/HLOr3Q

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