The Sweet Leaf Tea Company Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Tea in Glass Bottles
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For Immediate Release
December 10, 2015
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The Sweet Leaf Tea Company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Sweet Leaf® Tea in 16 ounce glass bottles out of an abundance of caution because of the possible presence of glass fragments. This was the result of glass breakage during the filling process. Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if ingested. The company has received 4 complaints of glass in the product. No injuries were reported.
The voluntary recall is limited to specific production codes of Sweet Leaf® Tea, as follows, which were distributed between February 27, 2015 and December 6, 2015. Only 16 ounce glass bottles are affected, and only those listed below:
Sweet Leaf 16 ounce glass product only Manufacture Code Manufacture Date Best By Date Bottle Label UPC Case UPC
Sweet Leaf Tea Raspberry 022615057WC402
10/31/16 6-51538-06703-6 6-51538-06803-3
Sweet Leaf Half and Half Lemonade Tea 022715058WC402
10/31/16 6-51538-06708-1 6-51538-06808-8
Sweet Leaf Tea Original 022615057WC402
10/31/16 6-51538-06700-5 6-51538-06800-2
Sweet Leaf Tea Green Tea w/Citrus 022715058WC402
10/31/16 6-51538-06720-3 6-51538-06820-0
Sweet leaf Tea Peach 022615057WC402
10/31/16 6-51538-06704-3 6-51538-06804-0
Sweet Leaf Tea Mint & Honey 022715058WC402
10/31/16 6-51538-06701-2 6-51538-06801-9
In order to determine the manufacturing date and best by date of a bottle, consumers are advised to look for the manufacturing code on the shoulder of a bottle or on the shipping case, as seen below:
042415 – Production Date Code: mmddyy (e.g. April 24, 2015)
114 – Julian Date Code
WC40 – Factory Code
2 – Bottling Line Identification Code
15:19 – Military Time
BB 08/31/16 – Best Before date mm/dd/yy (e.g. August 31, 2016)
The Sweet Leaf Tea Company is committed to ensuring the quality and safety of all of its products. All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. Consumers who have any of the glass products with the affected date codes should not drink the product, can contact the Sweet Leaf toll-free number 1-877-832-5323 Monday through Friday 8am – 8pm EST for replacement product, or return the product to the store of purchase for a refund.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of and in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm476672.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.