The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its recall of imported tea products due to possible contamination with salmonella.
Consumers are warned not to use the following organic peppermint herbal teas, which have been recalled in the United States by Aromatics Inc.
- David's Tea, Montreal, QC Peppermint Amour (Organic), 500g, UPC: 7 71541 48051 3.
- David's Tea, Montreal, QC Organic Peppermint Amour, variable weight from bulk tea, UPC beginning with 2 000108.
- David's Tea, Montreal, QC Organic Peppermint Amour, 50g and 100g, sold on the Internet, UPC beginning with 2 000108.
Some of the products may have been sold in bulk form or repackaged into smaller-sized units with no label information. If you have purchased organic peppermint teas and are unsure if you have the recalled product, check with place of purchase.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, which were distributed across Canada.
Last week, the agency recalled organic peppermint teas distributed by Metropolitan Tea Co. in half-kilogram, one-kilogram and eight-kilogram sizes.
Food contaminated with salmonella bacteria may not look or smell spoiled, but consumption may cause salmonellosis, a serious and sometimes deadly infection in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
CFIA is working with the Food and Drug Administration to identify affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The agency is also working with Canadian importers to trace and recall all affected products that may have been distributed in Canada.
For more information, consumers can call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.