April 26, CVS Pharmacy has recalled specific cases of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea after receiving a notification from the manufacturer that the product is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
According to the reports, an ingredient produced by the manufacturer’s raw material supplier tested positive for Salmonella in another company’s product.
The product recalled is labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz”, was packed in 1.4 oz cartons, has a single best by date of 18 Mar 2018 and has a UPC code 0 50428 541043. The company assured that no other dates were affected.
The affected items were available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide, and nearly 200 units were recalled. CVS Pharmacy has removed the products from its stores; meanwhile, the manufacturer has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In order to prevent further sale of the recalled product, the Company placed a “do not sell” block in all of its stores register system.
Salmonella can carry serious health risks
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems. According to FDA, very young people, elderly or immunosuppressed people can be seriously affected by Salmonella. Healthy people exposed to salmonella can also suffer from flu-like symptoms, fever, diarrhea (which may be blood), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain 12 to 72 hours after infection. In rare circumstances, the organism may even lead to arterial infections such as aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis.
The infection usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most of the affected ones recover without any treatment, but some patients need to be hospitalized because of severe diarrhea.
In the U.S, Salmonella is estimated to be responsible for one million foodborne illnesses each year, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
The company hasn’t received any reported cases of illness linked to the affected item. The Company has issued a voluntary recall as a matter of precaution.
CVS Pharmacy intends to reinvent pharmacy to help people to improve their health by providing accessible and personalized expertise in its stores and online. With more than 9,600 locations, it is America’s leading retail and the first national pharmacy to stop the sale tobacco and the first to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation.
Source: Fox News