The FDA announced today that a Michigan company is recalling several flavors of tea due to possible contamination with Salmonella. The report states:
Fireside Coffee Co., which is based in Swartz Creek [Michigan], is recalling vanilla, decaf vanilla, chocolate and spiced chai, because their ingredients include dry milk produced by Plainview Milk Products after June 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today. Because of possible salmonella, the Plainview, Minn., manufacturer is recalling its instant non-fat dry milk.
At this time, no illnesses have been directly linked to the tea-products. The FDA press release further states:
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The FDA release includes the full list of recalled lot numbers.