Australia’s supermarket giants have recalled a popular herbal tea amid fears it contains a dangerous chemical.
Food Standards Australia has urged Woolworths, Coles and IGA’s to recall Nerada Organics Lemon and Ginger Organic Herbal Infusion Tea after ethylene oxide contamination was found inside its tea bags.
Consumers are warned not to drink the tea with Best Before dates from 08/01/23 to 22/01/23 due to the product potentially causing illness or injury.
Food Standards Australia has recalled Nerada Organics Lemon and Ginger Organic Herbal Infusion Tea (pictured) after ethylene oxide contamination was found
Ethylene oxide exposure can cause local irritation of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, affect the nervous system and in extreme long-term cases with continued exposure to the chemical has also been associated with increases in cancer rates, according to NSW Health.
The man-made chemical is primarily used to create anti-freeze and polyester and to sterilise medical equipment and supplies.
‘Consumers should not consume this product and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund,’ Food Standards Australia said on Monday.
The product was sold in Woolworths in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.
Coles customers in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland are also warned not to consume the product.
IGA stores in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia have also been warned.
The Nerada tea bags (pictured) were sold in Woolworths, Coles and IGA stories nationwide
Aldi has also recalled its version of the popular tea after finding the same harmful chemical.
The product is sold at all ALDI stores in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and WA.
The Aldi recall relates to products with Best Before dates from 08/02/2023 up to and including 11/02/2023.
Consumers can return the product to any ALDI store for a full refund.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Nerada Tea and Aldi for comment.
Aldia has also recalled their version of the herbal tea (pictured) after finding the chemical ethylene oxide in its tea bags