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22 May 2024

Seen green tea with ‘worms’ viral video? Now, know the truth

By Sneha May Francis

After a video about a contaminated green tea bag went viral on social media platforms, the Dubai Municipality has issued a statement quashing the rumours.

“We have visited the brand's Dubai factory and checked every product. The moving images are only strands of food flavouring,” Safwan Saifuddin Al Tikarli Food Planning & Studies Specialist Dubai Municipality, confirmed to Emirates 24|7.

"As the leading tea brand in the region recognized for its quality and processes, Lipton confirms that this information is wrong. As shown in the video, Lipton Lemon green tea lemon flavour particles, brown in colour and curved should not be mistaken for foreign matters. A quick confirmation of the authenticity of the flavour particle is to put it in hot water and see it dissolve."

The tea, he added, is safe to drink.

“I advise residents not to circulate videos without verifying the facts through proper channels or scientifically.

“There are many videos like these that are being circulated. These are baseless and false.”

Dubai Municipality’s official Instagram account added: “A video circulated on social media channels about the presence of worms in Brand X's green teabags. The people in the video are spreading rumours. They claim they care about the public health while they do the opposite.

“They spread false information without any scientific or logical basis.

“The Food Safety Management at Dubai Municipality would like to advise everyone not to circulate such videos but verify the information from official, scientific and legal authorities.”

A spokesperson from the civic body explained that what is projected as worms in the video are dried up vesicles of lemon, which are used in the tea.