Many pesticides: Black tea contaminated with carcinogenic substances

Harmful pesticides found in several black tea brands
Many Germans love tea. The average per capita consumption in Germany in 2015 was 28 liters of black and green tea. 70 percent of it was black tea. However, a test has now revealed that almost all of the brands tested contain substances that are hazardous to health.

Substances hazardous to health
Only a few days ago, a warning was given about chamomile tea that is contaminated with carcinogenic substances. Now a test by the ZDF magazine “WISO” has shown that substances harmful to health are also contained in black tea. In previous studies, such as the Stiftung Warentest, it was found that black tea is often contaminated.

Pesticide residues
"Tea is more popular than ever in Germany! The average per capita consumption in Germany in 2015 was 28 liters of black and green tea. 70 percent of it was black tea, ”writes ZDF on its website.

The ZDF magazine "WISO" has now had six black teas from different manufacturers tested for pesticides in an accredited laboratory. It was shown that all products contain residues of pesticides. According to the information, at least four different pesticides were found in all teas tested.

Residues from ten different pesticides
"In the negative front-runner (Eilles Assam Spezial), the laboratory even found residues of ten different pesticides," says the message.

However, no limit values ​​were exceeded for the individual substances. From the J.J. Darboven GmbH & Co. KG were emphasized in a statement to "WISO" that the product "complies with European legislation, especially food law".

Anthraquinone was also detected in five of the six products, a substance that is used, among other things, to repel bird feed after sowing and is no longer approved in the EU due to the danger to users and consumers. According to experts, anthraquinone is considered carcinogenic.

Just a tea without carcinogenic substances
According to the information, the tea of ​​the Lidl discounter's own brand with a content of 0.02 mg / kg according to laboratory findings was exactly on the permissible limit and was just barely marketable.

The discounter chain emphasized in a statement that the raw materials used would be examined individually. In the course of these investigations, “no legally relevant value for anthraquinone was found”. Only in the East Frisian Teefix from Teekanne did the laboratory not find any anthraquinone.

The ZDF magazine "WISO" reports on the black tea test in the program on Monday, January 23, 2017, 7:25 p.m. (ad)

Author and source information

Video: Lecture Esther Segal (September 2021).