Massive Tea Recall Sparks Warning About Chemicals

East West Tea Company has recalled over 54,000 boxes of its Organic Yogi Echinacea Immune Support product due to traces of pesticides found in the product. The voluntary recall, initiated on March 12, is ongoing and distributed nationwide. The FDA information page states that the Organic Yogi Echinacea Immune Support product is recalled because pesticide residues were detected above action levels. The recall was a Class III, meaning that “use of or exposure to a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

It is unclear if East West Tea Company typically uses pesticides on its Yogi tea products or why the product was adversely affected. Newsweek reached out to East West Tea Company via email for comment. Many lot numbers are impacted, and the full list of recalled tea boxes is available at this link. If customers find one of the recalled teas in their possession, they should immediately discard it. It is unclear if East West Tea Company is offering a refund or exchange for the recalled items.

The FDA has issued dozens of food-related recalls since the start of the year, as well as 234 recalls in 2023. This year’s impacted products range from pet food to dried fruit and salad kits, among dozens of others. Research published by life sciences software company MasterControl last December found that food recalls issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the FDA have jumped by 115 percent since 2018.

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