Supermarket giant Lidl have withdrawn a herbal tea under the ‘Lord Nelson’ brand as it was found to contain a potential carcinogen which can also cause motor coordination problems.
The Lord Nelson herbal tea, a brand which is sold in Lidl supermarkets in the UK, has been withdrawn after State Sanitary Inspection (GIS) in Poland issued a warning over one of the product batches.
The batch, named ‘Lord Nelson – herbal tea in pyramid sort – linden 30 g’, was found to contain levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, according to reports.
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are compounds that strongly stimulate the central nervous system and cortex.
Reports state exposure to the long-term effect of alkaloids may be a threat to human health due to their potential carcinogenicity.
In addition, the alkaloids may contribute to motor coordination disorders and can cause diarrhoea.
A carcinogen is a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
The warning applies only to the product with the number L08011940 A with the expiration date of 01/2021.
The herbal tea was produced by the Polish company Mokate SA in Ustron, Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland.
Lord Nelson tea is available in the United Kingdom, although it is unclear if the any of the withdrawn batch was sent to stores there. Lidl Poland were not immediately available for comment when contacted by Central European News.
Lidl informed customers about the withdrawal by placing a poster on its website and in all chains of the supermarket in Poland.
The process of withdrawing the product from sale is being supervised by the GIS.
The product can be returned in any Lidl store without presenting a receipt, and the cost of its purchase will be refunded.
Netizen ‘Bozena Chrobak-Brzegowska’ commented: “You can’t even call it tea, there are only chemical substances.”
While ‘Izabela Klimek-Soltyk’ wrote: “Recently there have been a lot of f*uck-ups in Lidl…”