Carcinogenic substances in organic baby teas - manufacturer takes goods off the market after testing
Organic baby teas are contaminated with carcinogenic plant toxins. This is the result of a sample of the ZDF consumer magazine "WISO". A manufacturer removed the affected tea batch from the market after the test.
Herbal poison in herbal baby teas
Only recently, a test by the ZDF magazine “WISO” showed that black tea is often contaminated with carcinogenic substances. In a further study by the consumer magazine, so-called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) were found in five of a total of 17 herbal baby teas. According to the Federal Office for Risk Assessment (BfR), this herbal poison can damage the organism and cause liver tumors with long and high doses.
Manufacturer recalls affected tea batch after test
"WISO" will present the detailed results of the test on Monday, February 13, 2017, 7:25 p.m. on ZDF (moderation: Marcus Niehaves). In a report, it was announced in advance that "WISO" had a total of 17 herbal teas for babies from the grocery trade, from the discounter, from pharmacies and drug stores tested in an independent laboratory.
By far the most heavily contaminated with PA was the tea from the pharmacy, the Sidroga infant and child's tea. According to the information, the exposure to this product even reached the guideline value of the BfR - which should not be exceeded in the long term in an adult.
Four other products were also contaminated with PA. All five teas are organic products. Sidroga removed the charged batch from the market after the “WISO” test.
In a statement, the company wrote: "We stopped the sale of the tea preventively, informed the pharmacists, started a voluntary recall and ordered a follow-up examination of the batch-specific reset samples."
Infants especially at risk
According to “WISO”, infants and toddlers are particularly at risk of health, because PAs are a particular risk for them. Their organism is extremely sensitive to harmful substances.
"That's why the PAs in baby teas have lost nothing at all," said the children's gastroenterologist Prof. Dr. med. Klaus-Michael Keller.
Increased PA values were already determined in 2013
The BfR had already determined high PA values in individual teas in summer 2013. In 2014, “WISO” tested 19 types of baby tea and was able to identify carcinogenic plant toxins even then.
Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has been warning about the dangerous long-term consequences of PAs for years, even at low doses, there are no legal limit values.
The pyrrolizidine alkaloids are not found in the tea herbs themselves, but in plants such as St. James' herb. This grows as a weed between the tea herbs. Therefore, it is easy to harvest. (ad)