CVS recalls herbal tea over Salmonella concerns

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – CVS announced it is voluntarily recalling select cases of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea after the manufacturer notified them the product is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an ingredient produced by the manufacturer’s raw material supplier tested positive for Salmonella in another company’s product.

There have been no reports of illness, but around 200 packs of the tea were sold before the recall was issued.

The product is labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz” and was packed in 1.4 oz cartons. The recalled product has a single best by date of 18 Mar 2018 with a UPC code 0 50428 541043. No other best by dates are affected.

The tea was available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide. Anyone who purchased the tea may return it to CVS Pharmacy for a refund. Call 1-800-SHOP-CVS during normal business hours for information.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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