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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 17, 2008 -- Tipu's Tiger Chai Inc, of Missoula, Montana is voluntarily recalling its Tipu's Tiger Chai Concentrate because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems after consuming this product should seek immediate medical attention.
Tipu's Tiger Chai Concentrate was distributed, primarily to stores and coffee kiosks in western Montana and one café in Prescott, Arizona using the concentrate for mixed beverages sold on-site. Limited distribution of the bottled product was made directly to consumers in Western Montana.
The product is distributed in plastic half gallon (1.89L) units labeled as "Tipu's Tiger Chai, Chai Concentrate". The lid or neck of bottle states "refrigerate after opening" followed by dates of 09/23/09 through and including 05/22/10.
Please note that NO illnesses have been reported to date.
Through a records audit, the pH level of the product manufactured during this period were found to be higher than required by FDA standards.
Any consumers who may have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-(888)-506-2424.