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Health Hazard Alert - Certain TEGA brand ORGANIC LEMON HIBISCUS GREEN ROOIBOS HERBAL TEA may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
February 23, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Nu-Tea Company Ltd.
Alberta , British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan
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Advisory details

Ottawa, February 23, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Tega brand Organic Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos Herbal Tea described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Nu-Tea Company Ltd., Abbotsford, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product(s) from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Tega Organic Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos Herbal Tea 24 tea bags (48 g / 1.69 oz) Best before dates of 2014FE01, 2014MR27, and 2014MR28 6 64322 10406 0
Tega Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos 200 g Best before date: 2014JA27 6 64322 20406 7 Hazard classification: Class 3

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Nu-Tea Company Ltd., Liz Bandelin, (866) 801-7600;

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. 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.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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