CVS Pharmacy revealed on April 24 that it has recalled an herbal tea brand after the manufacturer said the product may possibly be contaminated with salmonella.
The warning came after the manufacturer's supplier reported that one of the raw materials use to make the tea tested positive for the bacteria in another company's product.
The herbal tea at the center of the recall is named "Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz."
The product is packaged in a 1.4-ounce carton and has a single best by date of March 18, 2018. It has a UPC code of 0 50428 541043.
No other products, aside from those that have the aforementioned best by date, are affected.
"The product was available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement reads.
Actions Of Caution
About 200 packs of the herbal tea product were bought by the public before the recall was issued. Despite this, there have been no reports of illnesses received so far. The recall order was issued as an act of caution to protect the public.
CVS has already cleared its shelves of the recalled products from all its stores. The herbal tea maker has also reached out to the U.S. FDA regarding the issue.
CVS Pharmacy has also put a "do not sell" bar in its system to ensure that the recalled products will not be sold to any of its customers.
Now, the U.S. FDA advises any individual who was able to buy the herbal tea product to promptly discontinue consumption and return the product to CVS Pharmacy to get their money back.
Salmonella is a bacterial organism that may result in severe and sometimes deadly health conditions, especially in the very young, very old and immunocompromised people.
Signs and symptoms of salmonella in fairly healthy individuals include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare cases, the bacteria may cross through the bloodstream and cause infections in the artery such as infected aneurysm, arthritis and endocarditis.