Organic tea sold nationwide by CVS has been recalled over fear it may contain Salmonella, an organism of particular risk to the elderly.
The recalled product is labeled "Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea," and has a sell-by date of 18 March, 2018.
No other "sell by" date products are being recalled.
The spiced herbal tea comes in a 1.4-ounce package. The affected UPS code is 0 50428 541043.
CVS says it has removed the product from its shelves, and in addition, a "do not sell" block has also been placed in the company's store register system to prevent further sale of these recalled items.
The risk of Salmonella contamination came to light when the manufacturer used by CVS learned that the bacteria was discovered in a raw ingredient supplied to it. The recall notice does not indicate where that supplier is based.
The tea contains fennel seeds, licorice root, cinnamon, rooibos, star anise, ginger, peppermint, cardamon and clove. The company's recall notice did not specify which spice was at risk for contamination.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Salmonella bacteria causes over a million infections each year - as well as an estimated 450 deaths.
For healthy adults, the infection causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever. In rare cases, it can progress to the blood stream and cause more serious illnesses.
CVS urges customers who may have bought the tea to return it for a refund. Those who have questions can contact the company at 800-SHOP-CVS.