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Slight Radioactivity Found in Japanese Tea Shipped to Hong Kong

Food safety authorities in Hong Kong found trace amounts of radioactive cesium 137 in powdered tea imported from Japan last week, according to The New York Times. The sample tested at nearly one percent of the legal limit for radiation and was not considered a public health threat. Regardless, the importer voluntarily recalled the product…. Continue Reading

Investing in Quality Assurance: A Tea Industry Perspective


When QTrade Teas & Herbs’ Level 2 SQF Institute food safety and quality system review is complete this month, a well-deserved holiday rest awaits. For now, QTrade is fully engaged in audit preparations while filling orders without delay. Inspectors will spend two days completing their document assessment of the 70,000-square-foot facility in Cerritos, CA, where… Continue Reading

Chai Tea Recalled for Botulism Risk

A Washington state company is recalling its chai tea because the beverage was improperly processed and therefore has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Harmony Chai of Eastsound, WA issued a voluntary recall of its concentrated black spiced and decaffeinated roobius chai teas Friday after testing by the Washington State Department of… Continue Reading

Herbal Tea Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Nu-Tea Company Ltd. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, is recalling lots of its Tega-brand Organic Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos Herbal Tea due to possible Salmonella contamination. The affected product comes in packages of 24 tea bags (48 g / 1.69 oz), UPC 6 64322 10406 0, with best-by dates of 2014FE01, 2014MR27, and 2014MR28. The product… Continue Reading

Another Peppermint Tea Brand Recalled in Canada

Another tea brand has been added to the recall of organic peppermint herbal tea that may be contaminated with Salmonella.  First announced March 7, in the United States, the recall involves tea produced by Aromatics Inc. of Basin City, WA. It has involved tea retailed by the Atlanta-based Teavana chain, RemedyTeas in Seattle and Metropolitan… Continue Reading

Peppermint Tea Also Recalled in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Organic Peppermint Herbal Teas sold by the Metropolitan Tea Company because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product is part of the recall in the United States of tea produced by Aromatics Inc. of Basin City, WA. The affected tea was… Continue Reading

Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea Recall Expands

Another retailer has recalled peppermint organic tea produced by a Washington state company because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. In an expansion of a recall first announced Monday, Seattle-based RemedyTeas said Tuesday it was recalling 20 pounds of Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea produced by one of its vendors, Aromatics Inc. of Basin City, WA…. Continue Reading