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THIS TEA MADE ME SICK!!
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I bought this iced tea from a store in my town and there was a unidentified particle in my drink. So I drained the tea out to see what it was and it looked like a clump of mold!!! After drinking the product I became very ill, vomiting upset stomach and this was three days ago(11-10-09) and it is 11-13-09 and I still don't feel to good!!I called the company and complained and they posted a blog that said they haven't had a complaint in three years um...... I just called them yesterday so that was a total lie. I plan to get to the bottom of this and my next step is taking legal actions!!!
     
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goduke on 11/13/2009:
So you bought it, saw a particle, filtered it out and it looked like mold. And you then drank the product. Really?

If you are planning to take legal action, you'd better hurry up and get to a doctor or hospital, because self-diagnosis doesn't got particularly far in a court of law, especially when it's the height of flu season.
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
Good luck with the legal action. You're going to have to prove that it was the tea and not anything you ate along with it.
BEJ on 11/13/2009:
Why did you go ahead and drink it? I do not understand that one!
redmx3racer on 11/13/2009:
I don't exactly know the right terminology-but I notice "particles" or stuff stuck (settled) to the bottom of the bottle on many drinks like "brewed" (not from concentrate) Tea's and juices-Snapple, Sobe etc. I shake it up and it goes away.
Just a possible explanation of what X might have seen and mistaken for mold.
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
In sorting this one out. I think the OP drank it THEN saw the clump and drained the ice tea. Then later the sickness came on. That's my take on it anyway.
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
Legal action. Of course you are going to sue. Was it loose tea or tea bags? Tea leaves get wet. They stick together when wet. It was probably not mold but a wet tea bag with all the tea in one spot clumped together. Or the tea clumped in the cup due to a hole in the bag.

WHY would you continue drinking it?
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
Sick as he11 but has the strength to come ranting about nothing here. *bs alarm goes off*
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
Careful Zz, DB said she was bored and on the prowl for some moderating action.
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
" it looked like a clump of mold!!!"

Doesn't necessarily mean it was. Could have been a loose tea leaf that came out of the bag.

If you're still sick, go to the doctor and see what's making you ill. That way, if it *was* some sort of mold; the doc should be able to tell you. That way, it'll be more "it was mold" rather than "I think it was mold."
Ytropious on 11/13/2009:
OP, that was NOT mold. I drink snapple habitually and sometimes you get blobs on the bottom of the bottle. I took a picture of it once, I'd be glad to show you the picture and you can see if it looks the same as what you experienced. It's just tea particles and other things. That's what happens when tea is natural and brewed like that. I'd bet it was whatever you ate with the tea that made you sick.
Anonymous on 11/14/2009:
Did you try to read the moldy blob like one would tea leaves? It might tell you how your legal action will pan out.
PepperElf on 11/14/2009:
I recommend.... go to a doctor

you won't get anything from the company without proof that the tea made you sick. so you start by going to the doctor
SICK AS HELL!!!!! on 11/14/2009:
Moved From Other Review: when I saw the particle in the tea I had already drank it not seen the particle in the tea and just kept on drinking it! When I seen there was something in it I drained it and saw it was mold in it.
Disaster Worker on 11/15/2009:
SICK: Strickly medical-eze here, but your stomach's pH is around 2.0 - 3.5 which is acidic so most impurities we consume everyday are killed naturally by our stomachs. Did you eat anything just prior to drinking the tea? If so, I'd think mild food poisoning. It would be highly unusual for to you get that sick over tea, and unless you had the equipment to test the particle when you found it, you'll have a difficult time proving it was mold or any harmful substance.

Also, if you were that sick, you really should have seen a doctor within the first 24 hours. They could have taken body substance samples to test. It's too late now.

I hope you're feeling better!
Anonymous on 11/15/2009:
I thought I read it this way:

"when I saw the particle in the tea I had already drank it not seen the particle in the tea and just kept on drinking it! When I seen there was something in it I drained it and saw it was mold in it"
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Lipton PureLeaf has lemon even if it's not on the front label
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I was looking for a sweet tea without lemon (very hard to find).

I know I can make sweet tea myself (usually do). But I don't always feel up to making it when I'm sick :( (It's one of the very few things that I can keep down when I have a Crohn's flair up.)

The Liptons brand PureLeaf teas come in 9 flavors. 2 of them with stated lemon on the front label. But all of them have lemon in them.

From the back label: Citric Acid (Provides Tartness)

They all have this.

Just wanted to pass this along so no one else buys the sweet tea thinking it doesn't have lemon in it.
     
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Principissa on 08/01/2009:
Ugh. My aunt has Crohn's. I will tell her this, she loves sweet tea and I'm guessing she doesn't know. Glad you looked at it before you drank it.

Try the Lipton cold brew iced tea bags. They are a little pricey, but they only use cold water so at least if you do decide to make it you won't have to fuss with boiling water.

I hope you feel better soon!
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
Sue them!
BokiBean on 08/01/2009:
Very helpful, as always, Mrs V!
Mrs. V on 08/01/2009:
Prin - I didn't look >_< Took a big ol' gulp and was not happy :( I looked after I noticed the leman taste. This will teach me to ALWAYS read the front AND back of a label.

And thanks for the info on the cold tea bags. I will go out and get them today!
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
Another tip. I use regular tea bags in cold water in the refrigerator. They make delicious iced tea without the extra expense. I use Bigelow, Red Rose or any other good tea. You can also add herbal tea--like Mango--for extra flavor. You have great tasting iced tea in about 2-3 hours. I usually make it the night before though.
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
Technically, citric acid is not necessarily lemon, although lemon does contain citric acid. But so do many kinds of fruit. By itself it's just a compnenet of many different fruits, so there wouldn't be any reason to list lemon on the label.
BokiBean on 08/01/2009:
kia, I make tea almost the same way, except that I put the jar out on the deck in the sun that day.
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
Boki, I used to make sun tea until I read a warning about it. It said that bacteria can sometimes build up. Me, being paranoid, stopped doing it and I found I get the exact same taste this way. Plus, it is ice cold when it's ready. You can't beat that! Especially in this heat.
Nohandle on 08/01/2009:
Nice informative Mrs. V. Most of us don't go the grocery store looking for a prolonged shopping experience and unless there is a medical/diet issue really don't read the labels. Most are so tiny anyway it would take a magnifying glass.

KIA, if you use regular tea bags, put in cold water and then in the fridge I expect it would take more bags for good tea than if one poured boiling water over the bags and let steep. What's your experience with this?
Eloise on 08/01/2009:
We use the cold brew tea bags every day. The box (22 tea bags per box) is typically not more than $2.50. They are worth every penny. We live in the south, and we hate sweet tea, so it is a great alternative!
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
Nohandle, I use 8 tea bags for 2 quarts. It really does taste great (and just like the hot brew--maybe better). I buy 100 tea bags for about $4.50 here in Singapore. I like the tea a little strong as we add a lot of ice, but I'm guessing you may be able to get by with 6 bags (I'll have to try that). It's in the 90's here every day of the year, except for when it's in the high 80's in the winter, lol. So, needless to say, we drink it all year round.
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
I found a good website regarding cold brew tea. It's: teazonline.com/cold-brew. It tells you way more than I was able to. Good info. It even says NOT to cold-brew herbal tea, which I may use for flavor.
Nohandle on 08/01/2009:
This has turned into the Cooking Channel on this review with making good tea, which is fine. I make tea the old fashioned way and since I like mine sweetened add the sugar while the steeped tea is still hot, pour that into the container, add the cold water and from there into the fridge. I guess with the cold method one might have to add the sugar later and use something akin to Sweet & Low since I've found regular sugar just doesn't dissolve very well in a cold solution.
GenuineNerd on 08/01/2009:
I typically use 2 tea bags, run through an automatic-drip coffee maker, to make a good tea. I put the tea bags right over the small hole in the filter housing, and the hot water steeps directly into the tea bags. I still get a lot of tea flavor, without using many tea bags. I then mix it with low-cal sweetener (I'm trying to count calories) and refrigerate it. My Mr. Coffee makes 10 cups; one 10-cup carafe and two trays of ice cubes makes about 2 quarts.
Mrs. V on 08/01/2009:
Thanks for all the tips ^_^

When I'm up to making tea, I use 6 tea bags to a med. pan of water and about 1/2 cup sugar (yes, I REALLY like it sweet lol) and boil it for about 15 mins. Fill a pitcher full of ice and pour tea over it. Add cold water to fill it to the top ^_^
DigitalCommando on 08/01/2009:
The new sugar substitute called 'Truvia' is really good and is 100% natural ingredients. It is way better than any of the others as far as taste goes and is a derivative of the stevia plant. Since 'homey don't bake' I have never tried it with cooking.
Anonymous on 08/01/2009:
I use my coffee maker, too. I put 2 'family size' teabags directly in the carafe, and let it steep after the water cycles through.

Easy peasy.

DC -- I just got a sample of Truvia in the mail last week. Good stuff.
Anonymous on 08/02/2009:
Hey, DC. I'm going to look for that here. Thanks for the tip homey! If I can't find it, I'll pick some up next time I'm home and bring it back!

Nohandle, I don't use any sweetner, so I have no idea. Now that you mention it though, sugar does seem to disolve when you make lemonade, it just takes a few minutes. Anyway, it was interesting to read all the different ways to make iced tea. That's all I drink--except for water and coffee (oh, and the occasional beer or glass of wine). No pop/soda for this woman. That stuff is poison.
Starlord on 08/02/2009:
knowitall, we used to make sun tea in Arizona. Not to belittle you, but it appears you read the headlines but not the body of the article. The issue of bacteria in sun tea had nothing to do with sun tea mnade at home, but with the so-called sun tea offered at restaurants. Workers did not clean the machines for dispensing 'sun tea,' which resulted in hig bacterial count. We no long make sun tea because we are in Washington state and our location is not conducive to proper sun tea brewing.
BokiBean on 08/02/2009:
Hubby drinks tea so quickly that I don't worry about bacteria getting a chance to grow. I use a glass jug and clean thoroughly every time I make it (even occasionally using bleach because of the tea stains).

If there is any tea left overnight..I toss it.
Ponie on 08/02/2009:
This time of year, I find I hit the iced tea quite often. I'm not concerned about the ice watering down my glass of tea because I always have 'ice cubes' I make out of tea. Right now I have a half-full gallon size plastic bag in the freezer. I've also done this with other summer time drinks. I once bought more Sunny Delight (original flavor) than was needed for a particular occasion. Knew I wouldn't use it up quickly so poured it into ice cube trays and stored the cubes in a plastic bag. They were good for longer than the bottle would have been. I once used the Sunny Delight cubes in screw drivers and everyone liked them.
Anonymous on 08/02/2009:
Dammit, Ponie, that's like using your noggin!
Ponie on 08/02/2009:
Yeah--crazy, aint'I? Bought the SD in (I think) 64 oz. bottles. Had an unopened one plus about half of another left over. Now--I like the stuff, but that's a bit much for only me to guzzle down. Guess it's my frugality (cheapness?) coming through.
Anonymous on 08/02/2009:
Starlord--here's some info on sun tea. http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/suntea.asp
This pretty much corresponds with what I read a couple of years ago. It may be unlikely to happen, but, hey, I take notice to these types of things. They didn't mention restaurants in this article, but I can see how that could have happened. I try to protect my health where I can. I would hate to get sick from something that I could have easily prevented. There's enough other things to get sick from.
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