Screen shot 2010-10-26 at 6.26.38 PM.pngGood Earth Tea is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of its Caffeine Free Original blend due to the possible presence of salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Good Earth is issuing this voluntary recall notification out of an abundance of caution based on an instance discovered through routine microbial testing in which a minor ingredient had a positive result for salmonella.

This is a proactive, voluntary recall that is isolated to two retailers and to Caffeine Free Original blend only.

The affected blend was only distributed to a limited number of Costco retail locations in California, and Trader Joe’s retail locations in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Pennsylvania. All affected product has been or is in the process of being removed from store shelves. Good Earth is working closely with the FDA and its customers on this matter.

The tea subject to this voluntary recall is limited to the following blend having UPC Codes with Best By Dates of 18AUG12 to 02SEP12 respectively:

* Good Earth Caffeine Free Original-25 count sold at Costco (UPC 2701830401); as part of the Costco 3-pack (UPC 27018 30169)

* Good Earth Caffeine Free Original-18 count sold at Trader Joe’s (UPC 27018301356)


    UPS 27018 30169

  • Good Earth teas are pretty good, I like them just fine. It’s a shame they get bad publicity but it’s good they are taking the right steps to correct the situation.

  • Scott Gross

    We just finished a box of the caffeine-free Original tea and had no problems. We,of course, were unaware of the recall.

  • caryn powell

    And how was the comsumer to know about the recall? I have enjoyed this tea for many years and in the last few months it has disappeared from the usual store shelves. I’ve gone to several Costcos to purchase more of the three packs and was told the tea was a seasonal item. It also disappeared from the shelves of several Trader Joe’s and when asked what happened I got shoulder shrugs. Wow I am amazed that there was no communications regarding the recall. Stater Bros has the tea but no notice. I’ve served this tea to friends and family and didn’t have a clue. Is this right?

  • Robert Hayne

    The UPC that was recalled from the shelves at Trader Joes in the same UPC shipped with the 6pack (18 bags) I ordered through Amazon (the box is a goodearth box.). How am I supposed to enjoy the tea now that I just happened to look and see that it’s the same UPCs pulled from Trader Joes??

  • Yolanda Gurries

    I brewed two cups of Good Earth Original ( Sweet & Spicy-Tea & Herb Blend)
    for my son and myself. My eyes felt tired and I was in hopes of using the tea bags to relax my eyes.—After brewing the tea, I placed the tea bags over my eyes. I felt an instant burning sensation. I immediately removed the tea bags from my face and the burning continued to affect the skin. I washed the area with tepid water. The area touched by the tea bags left a burn like a server sun burn.—My stomach felt the burning sensation from drinking the tea.–
    I would like to have the Good Earth orininal tea analysed in order to know the contents. It was purchased at a CVS/pharmacy The bags were individuallly wrapped.

    • Obvious

      Are you stupid? Why are you using Spicy tea on your face?

  • yvonne

    Why on earth would you use a tea with the word Spicy on your skin? That is the reason your skin was burning not salmonella. I suggest using regular black tea bags and not a tea with Spicy ingredients. Sheesh, use some common sense.