FDA advises against anise tea?

You have to scroll a bit, but the story is on this page: http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/enforcementstory/enforcementstoryarchive/ucm095929.htm

This is a warning that is over 10 years old, and as far as I know anise is used in several teas included some chai teas. Has anyone had any symptoms from using anise, or know how serious of a warning this is?

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teaenvy said

I remember that one! There was an ornamental variety of star anise that was being passed off as culinary. That was a pretty small fraction of products at the time. As far as I know this issue as been resolved. I dont believe that any major packager was affected. If I recall correctly the misuse of ornamental star anise was coming from small independent packagers not understanding that there was a difference. Byt my memory could be faulty here. I never stopped buying star anise, I just paid attention to the source.

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