Could Your Chinese Tea Be Toxic?

Environmental campaigners Greenpeace find banned pesticides in some of China’s top internationally exported tea brands. Photo Credit: Laurel Fan via Flickr.

Toxic Tea Tests in China
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57 comments

Jake B.
Past Member 8 months ago

It’s quite Interesting post! Thanks for writing this for us; I’ll share this with my friends too. Al

Debbie S.

Also there are some organic teas from India if you look for them. A friend sent me some loose leaf Holy Basil tea (full leaf and flower) that is organic that she purchased for me when she went to see Amma in California. I also buy Organic India Tulsi tea at at local health food store.

Debbie S.

Check with the company and ask where the teas are grown or obtained from. Most come from China, some from India. Bigelow is the only company I know of that grows its teas or most of the ingredients here in the U.S.A. I do not buy anything made in China as I don't trust anything being safe since they have proved that over and over by many things found in many products. Our own country does not have the consumer safety that it once had either and with all the GMO's that is allowed by our government just is a perfect example.

Dale Overall

No China is not trying to poison us, it is no big plot but a lot of non western countries do not take the same care when it comes to pesticides as do western countries.

Check out the area in which the tea is produced, be it China, India and many other tea producing countries.

Be it pesticides or GMOs there is always something to be on the lookout for, proceed with caution!

ii q.
g d c.4 years ago

caveat emptor

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.4 years ago

Well, the general public should try not to be condemning. China is not the only country guilty of transgressions, poor quality and the like . Consumerism helps to accelerate over production, add greed for profits and more profits then- politics and power- perfect ingredients for corruption.
How sure are you that that organic stuff you believe in is not contaminated?

Ammy G.
Ammy G.4 years ago

I am Chinese, from Singapore. For 7 years I drank China-sourced green tea, and instead of improving my health, it made it worse. I never found out why. For the entire time I was drinking Chinese tea, I suffered from hives and all sorts of weird allergic reactions to things I could previously eat (before starting on my Chinese tea regimen).

Then one day I decided to stop drinking Chinese tea (since it wasn't helping) and switched to various organic teas (e.g. rooibos, mint, echinacea, etc) from other countries, and my health started improving almost immediately. The allergies stopped, and I stopped becoming so sensitive to everything. It's been 2 years since I stopped drinking Chinese tea now, and I never intend to buy it ever again.

Luda Franklin
Luda Franklin4 years ago

Does every box of tea says where its from? I'll be looking closely, i drink so much tea. Unfortunately too many things come from china, its hard to control it sometimes.

Joan Mcallister
4 years ago

Why is this not surprising.

Richelle Rausch
Richelle Rausch4 years ago

Anything from China should be in question. Too many toxins, too many products, too many victims.