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September 9, 2001-Starbucks in teacup storm

September 9, 2001-Starbucks in teacup storm

The coffee chain Starbucks is facing a lawsuit over claims that it spikes its Tazo Chai Tea with the stimulant ephedrine. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Council For Education And Research On Toxics claimed the Seattle-based company had been secretly adding ephedrine to Tazo Chai Tea since 1996, in violation of food and drug regulations.

Ephedrine is an amphetamine-like drug known to stimulate the heart and central nervous system. Ephedra is a Chinese herb, also called Ma Huang, from which the drug is extracted. Starbucks refused to comment on the lawsuit.

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