Pesticides and other carcinogenic chemicals that are dangerous to your health can be found in many types of foods. Not many people expect to find these in their tea bags, but agencies around the globe are revealing companies that continue to use them in their production despite multiple warnings. Haines, a conglomerate manufacturing hundreds of “natural” products, is an example of an international company that was tested, and traces of illegal pesticides were found in their tea. What was the danger to those who have been exposed over the years?
Popular Tea Bag Companies are Using Illegal Amounts of Deadly Pesticides
The majority of tea growth and production is mainly found in China, India, and Asia with Canada and the U.S. consuming billions of cups per year. India is the second largest producer worldwide, and recent studies have shown alarming data on the misuse of pesticides in that country. Over 80 percent of their tea production is “adulterated,” or found to contain multiple illegal chemicals that rank high of the list of pesticide residue that is permitted in food. China also falls into this delinquent category, and they too export extremely large quantities to America every year.
Brands Tested by the Glaucous Research
The Glaucus Studies in 2013 found 11 brands affected. Tea samples from 10 Celestial Seasonings products showed that 90 percent of their tea products tested were “adulterated” or in violation of the FDCA guidelines. These two varieties even revealed high traces of known carcinogens. Celestial Seasonings is a top brand in the Hain line, and despite its promotions as “natural,” it has been a repeat offender internationally. Two prior FDA Warning Letters were issued to date, and the Glaucous Study reports that the company is in line for further regulatory action if they fail to comply.
The Study consisted of 25 varieties of tea bags that were tested for 365 different illegal pesticides of the eight well-known brands. They are manufactured in India and China for global distribution. Some countries already have banned these brands, but not the U.S.
Here is the list of eight brands and 25 types of teas that were found “adulterated”:
- Tetley – Pure Green Tea, Long Leaf Green Tea
- Twinings – Classic Assam Tea, Classic Lady Grey, English Breakfast, Earl Grey
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – Green Tea, Jasmine Green Tea
- Celestial Seasonings – Authentic Green Tea, Antioxidant Max Blackberry Pomegranate, Antioxidant Max Blood Orange, Antioxidant Max Dragon Fruit, English Breakfast Black K-Cup, Green Tea Honey Lemon Ginger, Green Tea Peach Blossom, Green Tea Raspberry Gardens, Sleepytime Herbal Teas, Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Herbal
- Lipton – Clear Green Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Pure Green Tea, Yellow Label Black Tea
- No Name – Black Tea
- King Cole – Orange Pekoe
- Signal – Orange Pekoe Two Cups
Unfortunately, if you drink tea, you may see several of your favorites on the list! The Glaucus Testing selected an independent and highly accredited lab, so there would be no discretions. The brands were chosen because they were specifically marketed as “100 percent natural and healthy.”
Alarming Results of the Glaucous Research on Tea Bag Companies
When the testing was completed, 91% of the Celestial Seasonings’ teas tested were in violation according to the U.S. pesticide standards and were subject to federal regulatory action. All “adulterated” samples contained traces of known carcinogens. From the 46 samples that were taken: 94% had traces of at least one illegal pesticide found, 59% contained combinations of 10 or more different illegal pesticides, and one sample contained residues of 20 different pesticides.
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