Because the label doesn’t list them, you’d never know that the tea you’re sipping may contain pesticides.
While we would expect growers to use pesticides on tea crops, we assume the chemicals are rinsed before the leaves are processed, packaged, and sold to the public. Unfortunately, some companies neglect to wash the pesticides from the tea leaves – and then fail to list the pesticides on the product labels.
When we buy these mislabeled products, we release the pesticides into our cups and teapots when we add hot water. We then ingest the chemicals into our bodies without any warning from the sellers.
Reports indicate that several popular tea brands contain pesticides:
According to test results, two of the worst are Celestial Seasonings and Teavana. Here’s why:
- 91% of the Celestial Seasonings’ teas that were tested and 100% of the Teavana samples contained traces of known or possible human carcinogens as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency, and are subject to regulatory action and seizure by government officials.
- One of Teavana’s most popular and expensive teas, Monkey Picked Oolong, was the most contaminated with 23 pesticides.
- A sample of Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Herbal Tea – a product intended for children – contained 0.26 ppm of Propachlor, a known carcinogen for which there is no “safe harbor limit” under California’s Proposition 65 law.
- Contrary to Teavana’s representations in U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission filings, 77% of its tea samples failed European Union pesticide import standards for dry teas, meaning that such teas would be banned from sale to consumers in Europe.
- 62% of teas tested showed traces of the pesticide Endosulfan, which has been banned by the United States, China, the EU, and 144 other countries because of the risk of infertility and harm to unborn children and agricultural workers.
Many companies brand their tea products as “natural,” “all natural,” and “100% natural,” yet these chemicals – along with man-made pesticides – are nevertheless potentially toxic chemicals.
The Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Team is investigating allegations of deceptive sales practices and is interviewing consumers who have been deceived by tea manufacturers. If you feel that you’ve been the victim of product mislabeling and false advertising, please contact us today to discuss your right to recover money damages.