CVS recalls organic herbal tea for salmonella risk

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CVS Pharmacy has recalled an organic herbal tea after the product manufacturer said one of its raw material suppliers detected salmonella in an ingredient packaged in a separate item. The product, labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz,” also contains that ingredient.

Salmonella can pose serious health risks to people who are young, elderly or immunosuppressed. When exposed to salmonella, healthy people can also suffer from flu-like symptoms and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the organism may lead to arterial infections such as aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The best-by date of the recalled product is March 18, 2018 with a UPC code 0 50428 541043. According to the FDA, no other best-by dates were affected. The products were distributed in CVS stores nationwide, and about 200 units have been recalled.

CVS hasn’t received any reports of illness but has recalled the item as a precaution. The company has blocked further sale of the recalled items and removed the affected products from its store shelves.