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Food recalls Australia – current recalls 2021

Details of the latest food product affected, why it's being recalled, who's at risk and what you need to do to stay safe.

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Last updated: 23 April 2021
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Nerada and Aldi lemon and ginger tea bags

Recalled: Aldi Diplomat and Nerada Organics Lemon & Ginger herbal tea bags. Image source: FSANZ.

Nerada and Aldi are conducting a recall of herbal tea bags (right). 

Why are they being recalled?

The recall is due to chemical (ethylene oxide) contamination. Food products containing ethylene oxide may cause illness/injury if consumed. According to NSW Health, breathing in relatively high levels of ethylene oxide can cause irritation of the eyes, skin and respiratory passages and affect the nervous system (for example headaches, nausea, vomiting, memory loss, numbness).

Exactly which product(s)?

The affected products being recalled (pictured) are:

Diplomat Lemon & Ginger Herbal Infusion

  • Best before date: all best before dates from 08/02/2023 up to and including 11/02/2023
  • Pack size: 60g (40 tea cup bags).

Nerada Organics Lemon & Ginger Organic Herbal Infusion Tea

  • Best before date: all best before dates from 08/01/23 up to and including 22/01/23
  • Pack size: 60g (40 tea cup bags).

Where were they sold?

  • Diplomat Lemon & Ginger Herbal Infusion has been available for sale at all ALDI Stores in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and ACT.
  • Nerada Organics Lemon & Ginger Organic Herbal Infusion Tea has been available for sale at independent food retailers including IGA in NSW, ACT, Qld, Vic, Tas, SA & WA, Woolworths in NSW, ACT & Qld and Coles nationally.

I drank this product. Am I at risk?

Any consumers who have consumed this product and are concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Do not consume this product. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

Want to know more about why and how food recalls happen? Food recalls: the lowdown has the details.

Why do food recalls happen?

A food recall is action taken by a food business to remove unsafe food from distribution, sale and consumption. All food businesses must be able to quickly remove food from the marketplace to protect public health and safety. FSANZ coordinates and monitors food recalls in Australia. 

Recalls are classified according to the problem with the food. This includes:

  • undeclared allergen – due to incorrect labelling, incorrect packaging or contamination of the product by an allergen
  • microbial – contamination with pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites 
  • foreign matter – contamination with material such as glass, metal or plastic objects 
  • biotoxin – contamination with biological toxins such as histamine in fish and paralytic shellfish toxin in oysters
  • chemical/other contaminants – contamination with substances such as cleaning products, pesticides, machine oil, etc 
  • packaging fault – where an fault in the food packaging results in contamination (presence of glass/metal etc) of the food or a potential choking hazard.
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