Back in 2014 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted a study that never got much main stream attention. Most likely, the information may have been suppressed by the companies that produce these products. It may have very well been swept under the rug and completely ignored if not for the rise in consumer health awareness.
While, most of teas as a way to detox, these products introduce toxins
Although most of the pesticides listed here are considered to be at low risk to humans, the levels are above legal limits.
Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – Green Tee
Uncle Lee’s is marketed as a safe and natural alternative, but the results tell a different story. Of all brand tested this brand contains the highest amount of Acetamiprid with a PPM of 1.0
It’s important to understand that although the EPA along with other health organizations have labeled Acetamaprid as low risk and unlikely to be carcinogenic. Studies have proven that Acetamaprid can cause male infertility.
That’s not all, Acetamiprid is just one of twenty pesticides discovered. Other pesticides like Endosulfan which the EPA has classified as “Highly Acutely Toxic” has also been found at levels higher that what is considered safe.
King Cole – Orange Pekoe
Even though this brand was not found to be as heavily laden with as many toxins as Uncle Lee’s. It contains a wider range of pesticides, one of which is currently banned in the U.S as well as other countries.
Because Monocrotophos was cheap and easy to obtain in large amounts. Commonly used for large scale agriculture in third world countries. It didn’t take long for this toxin to start leaching into streams and cause health issues in nearby villages. It became so abundant in these areas and the toxicity was well known. Due to the effects of contamination, depression soon took hold and It became a popular method for suicide.
Lipton – Pure Green Tea and Black Tea
Lipton Tea is a very popular brand in the America as well as Canada with a wide variety of tea products. Since this study was limited and the shear variety of teas produced by Lipton is so vast, only two types were tested. Pure Green and Black have tested positive for pesticides. The Green tea had a higher level of Acetamiprid at 0.11 PPM, while the Black tea was at .008 PPM.
Both contained Bifenthrin, a pyrethroid which is highly toxic for aquatic life, it is under restricted use in the U.S. The EPA has also categorized this pesticide as a “possible carcinogen”. Research into its toxicity has shown a link to lung cancer among female mice.
- Monocrotophos India: http://www.searo.who.int/entity/occupational_health/health_implications_from_monocrotophos.pdf
- Acetamiprid – Mice Reproductive System: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1671292711600631
- Pesticide Information Fact Sheet: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/aifact.html
- Full report here: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/blog/full-tea-test-results