Beetle Found In TeaNY Iced Tea

Vince a purchased a contaminated bottle of TeaNY Iced Tea. It contained what appeared to be a coagulated beetle. After leaving the bottle open for a day, the contents turned to, “slimy jelly of mold and gook.”

Suppose that’s the risk of purchasing “organic” food items. They may end up containing more nature than you bargained for. — BEN POPKEN

More nasty ass pics at ANIMAL.

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  1. DTWD says:

    Mmmm… Beetlejuice. My friend once accidentally took a bite out of a roach that had died in her plate of spagetti that she put in the fridge. Yummeh.

  2. Amys Robot says:

    I thought Moby was vegan.

  3. Antediluvian says:

    This has NOTHING to do w/ organic.
    Organic is the method of growing (or raising) the ingredients, not the processing of those ingredients.

    Ben, you do consumers (and consumerist.com) a grave disservice by your comment.

    The presence or absence of any sort of contaminant in a processed beverage, which by law must have been pasturized, is completely unrelated to the manner in which the ingredients were raised.

    And good lord, it’s TEA. Do you think a beetle was on the tea leaf, after it was dried, while it was imported, and survived the probable fermenting of those leaves (depends what kind of tea) prior to another drying stage?

    Nothing to do w/ organic.

  4. spin_sycle says:

    and organic spinach made no one sick nor was pulled off shelves for awhile.

  5. premek says:

    Yeah, Ben, just be careful not to make fun of someone’s favourite subject/pet peeve :)

    Or, rather not.

  6. homerjay says:

    ummm… I’m pretty sure Ben’s comment was not meant to be taken seriously, or at least as seriously as YOU’VE taken it, Ante.

    Lighten up. People aren’t going to abandon their healthy lifestyle just because Ben makes a joke.

    In the interest of full disclosure, not only do I buy as much organic food as I can, I also own a business that deals exclusively with organic products.

  7. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Well, if you look at the pictures on ANIMAL, there’s a smiling bug on the label, complete with antennae.

    And they say there’s no truth in advertising!

  8. Citron says:

    Check out the USDA Defect Action Level handbook. Bug pieces and rodent droppings are in basically everything we eat. Or at least they’re allowed to be.

    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dalbook.html

    Not that I’d drink that tea or anything, though.

  9. kerry says:

    Organic food doesn’t contain chemical preservatives or pesticides and is therefore more likely to contain fungi and bacteria than the kind of sterile, non-organic products we’re used to. No need to get your panties in a bunch about it. (Also, clearly Ben’s comment was a joke, since no food processing, organic or not, should allow bugs to get through. The slimy, rotting mass, though, is simply a by-product of an all-natural product.)

  10. mustang says:

    Donoghue v. Stevenson ring anybells???

  11. AngusMcMurphy says:

    Obviously organic foods could never be recalled for any reason, being nature’s perfect food and all. Just don’t google “organic food recall”.

    And if you do, ignore the result about the organic spinach from NAtual Selection Foods, because everyone knows that recall only affected the non-organic variety. Everyone.

  12. notlazyjustdontcare says:

    Kerry: Aren’t oil, sulfur and copper approved for use on organic crops as pesticides? Aren’t they used in huge amounts compared to conventional pesticides because they are less effective? The answers are yes.