Pesticides in Tea
CBC News conducted an investigation on the pesticide levels of most major tea-producing companies. These companies included:
- Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
- Red Rose
- No Name
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
- King Cole
Using an accredited lab, CBC investigators used the same testing method employed by the national Food Inspection Agency to test the pesticide residue on the dry tea leaves.
The investigators found that more than half of all the teas tested had pesticide residues that were above the legally acceptable limit. Eight out of the 10 teas tested also contained multiple chemicals, with one brand of tea containing over 22 different types of pesticides.
Some of the pesticides that were discovered in the tea, including endosulfan and monocrotophos, are currently in the process of being banned by several countries due to the health risks it poses to workers that handle it and the negative impact that it has on the environment.