Lipton has dismissed allegations that its green tea bags contain ‘live worms’.
And you wouldn’t think it would have to, but the tea company felt its hand was forced following the release of a video in which it is claimed that Lipton Lemon Green Tea bags contain tiny, live creatures.
‘It is in each and every teabag of lemon flavour green tea. You can see there are living worms inside,’ says Ismat Raza, who posted the video to Facebook.
‘It’s not one or two, it’s a lot.’
Ms Raza said the teabags were packed in November 2015 and the video was taken in Dubai.
Lipton wasted no time in responding to the video.
It wrote: ‘In response to the video of Lipton’s Lemon Green Tea bags, there are no “worms” in our tea bags.
‘These are small lemon flavour pieces which have been mistaken for worms. If you put these lemon flavour pieces in hot water they will dissolve as you can see from this video.
‘The tea is of the highest quality standard and is absolutely safe to consume.’
Dubai Municipality came out in defence of Lipton.
‘The people in the [original] video are spreading rumours recently and claiming they care about the public health in society while they do the opposite and spread false information based on people’s imaginations with no scientific or logical basis,’ it said.
That seems settled, then.