Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea and Salmonella Risk

REMEDY TEAS voluntarily recalled the company’s Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea and Organic Herbal Tea Blend due to the discovery that the organic tea may be potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is a food borne illness that is reported in many types of foods throughout the year. Salmonella may produce serious health issues and may be life threatening, particularly for people with elevated risk.

Salmonella “poisoning” symptoms may appear similarly to the common flu initially. Initially, symptoms may show as fever, diarrhea, bloody bowls, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. It is only in rare cases that the effects enter into the bloodstream to cause life threatening illness. In its most severe forms, Salmonella may lead to arterial infections, infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis. Small children, people with weak immune systems and seniors are at an elevated risk to experience more severe symptoms.

Remedy Teas did not cause the possible contamination, but the company has appropriately removed potentially contaminated teas from distribution after in house testing sample revealed the possible link to Salmonella. Remedy Teas and the FDA are continuing to investigate this matter.

If you have this tea in your home, go to the company website to see if your package is on the recall list. Chances are that your package is not on the list since only 20 pounds were recalled in total to date. Yet, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Herbal supplement and remedies have been a big hit in recent years. Herbal remedies have been touted by holistic practitioners and licensed acupuncturists to be filled with a host of health benefits. Some holistic practitioners develop and distribute their own herbal supplement combinations. It is important to note that while some herbal supplements have been used successfully for centuries throughout China, scientific research demonstrating the safety and efficacy of there products has not necessarily been conclusive. Certain herbal supplement may negatively interact with other medications you are taking. Certain people taking herbal supplements may be in a high risk category because of a medical condition. There are risks and benefits associated with all drugs. So, it is wise to fully investigate any company that is manufacturing and selling herbal supplements, as well as, the credentials of the holistic practitioner who is distributing the herbal supplements you are interested in.

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