Business: A Bitter Cup of Tea

A woman in Mississippi nursing a broken hip last month decided to brew herself a particularly strong cup of Celestial Seasonings' comfrey tea. After putting enough tea in one cupful to make about 18 servings, she complained of nausea and blurry vision. Though the woman quickly recovered, the incident has caused a painful hangover for the teamaker. It prompted Celestial Seasonings to postpone a $12 million stock offering, and the company recalled some 6,000 cases of the tea.

Researchers speculate the woman's reaction was caused by a natural toxin called atropine. Harmless traces of the substance had gotten into some packages...

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