B.C.'s Organic Matters teas recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

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      An organic food company based in Nelson, B.C., is recalling some of its teas in this province for health concerns.

      The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced on March 21 that OM Foods Inc. issued a recall on their Organic Matters brand of teas due to possible Salmonella contamination.

      The recall includes two Organic Matters products.

      Organic Matters Tulsi Tea Blend (Holy Basil)
      OM Foods Inc.

      The first product is Organic Tulsi Tea Blend (Holy Basil) sold in packages of 1 kilogram (2.2. pounds), 454 grams (one pound), and 113 grams (quarter pound).

      Ingredients include three types of holy basil (Rama, Vana, Krishna).

      The codes on the affected products are 28318, 30318, 32518, 35318, 02119, 03919, and 06519.

      Organic Matters OM Tea Blend
      Canadian Food Inspection Agency

      The other product is Organic OM Tea Blend, sold in sizes of 454 grams (one pound) and 113 grams (quarter pound).

      Its ingredients include red rooibos, tulsi blend (Krishna, Rama, Vana), and rose petals.

      Codes on these affected products are 25118, 31818, 35318, 02119, and 07319.

      Organic Matters OM Tea Blend
      OM Foods Inc.

      Both products are now listed as sold out on the Organic Matters OM Foods website.

      Any of these recalled products should be disposed of or returned to the place of purchase. Food items that are contaminated with Salmonella may not appear or smell spoiled. 

      So far, there haven’t been any reported illnesses associated with these products.

      However, anyone who thinks they became sick after consuming a recalled product should contact a doctor. Symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Young children, pregnant women, elderly people, and individuals with weakened immune systems may develop serious and occasionally fatal infections.

      More information about Salmonella is available at the Health Canada website.