Is it safe to consume packed tea leaves after their expiry? After all they might have lost their flavor, but can they be harmful in any way?

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    I agree with Jefromi reply but had been sick a single time with an expired tea probably because it was a flavored one (say, with added pineapple and cinnamon). It was just a stomachache but take a look if yours is simply tea or has flavors added.
    – ccalboni
    Jan 27, 2012 at 14:23
  • @m.bagattini But how did you know that the ache was due to the tea only? :) Jan 28, 2012 at 9:52

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Yes, generally, especially if you've kept them in good conditions. (If the package has been open and it's damp and they might've grown a little mold, that's obviously bad.) The expiration date is for purposes of quality, as you've noted; it doesn't indicate anything about safety. So give them a quick inspection, see if there's enough flavor left for them to be worth using, and go for it.


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