9 Pesticide-filled Teas You Should Never Buy (and the Kind You Should!)
Since tea is often praised as a healthy drink, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) decided to investigate whether or not the most popular tea brands contained traces of pesticides in their products that could undermine the health benefits of the tea.
They found out that an inspection done by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) three years ago concluded that 1 in 4 teas contained pesticide residue far above the safety limit set by Health Canada. Both the dry leaves and steeped tea contained these traces.
To find out if the worst offenders are still on the market, CBC hired an accredited lab to retest some of Canada’s most popular brands, including Lipton, Red Rose, Tetley, and Twinings.
The full list includes:
– Twinings – Earl Grey
– Tetley – green tea
– Lipton – yellow label black tea
– Signal – orange pekoe
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – jasmine green tea
– King Cole – orange pekoe
– No Name – black tea
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – green tea
– Lipton – pure green tea
– Red Rose – orange pekoe
They rigorously followed the testing method employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to ensure accurate results.
The investigation revealed that half the teas had traces of pesticides higher than the legal limit in Canada. Some even contained pesticides banned worldwide.
Pesticides In Tea: The 3 Worst Offenders!
6/10 of the teas tested contained a cocktail of pesticides, but each was below Canadian limits. These three, however, were way above these guidelines.
1. Twinings Earl Grey
This classic tea is considered a relatively high quality bagged tea. However, it placed third highest in pesticide content. Most alarmingly, this tea was repeatedly found to contain acetamiprid, a poison that causes severe nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness, hypothermia, convulsions, and hypoxia in small quantities.
2. Tetley Green Tea
Tetley green tea has been shown to contain both acetamiprid and chlorfenapyr, which is fatal in small quantities. Chlorfenapyr has delayed effects, causing death or damage to the central nervous system up to two weeks after ingestion. The CBC report showed that Tetley’s tea had 18 pesticides in its finished product, 3 over the allowable limit.
3. Uncle Lee’s Legends of China green tea
Uncle Lee’s Legends of China is the most toxic tea sold in Canadian grocery stores. It contained the same pesticides as Tetley as well as dangerous levels of Bifenthrin, a known carcinogen. It contained traces of 22Pesticides, 6 of which in illegal quantities.