Teavana Teas Full of Pesticides
Teavana is one of the most prolific online tea sellers, selling their loose leaf tea blends to millions across the world. Pitching their products as healthy, organic, and safe, the brand has been sought by Starbucks Co. to acquire the brand. The Glaucus Research Center tested 13 of Teavana’s tea’s and found:
- Pesticides Abound. 100% of the tea samples contained pesticides, many of which are classified by the EPA as Possible Human Carcinogens. One of Teavana’s most popular and expensive teas, Monkey Picked Oolong, was the most contaminated with 23 pesticides.
- Teas Violate US Law. 100% of the tea samples violate U.S. food pesticide standards (CFR Title 40 sect 180), meaning they are ‘adulterated’ under the FDCA and subject to federal seizure. We believe Teavana will recall its adulterated teas rather than risk the civil and criminal liability it may incur by knowingly selling adulterated products over Black Friday weekend.
- Broad Failure of EU Pesticide Tests. Contrary to Teavana’s representations in its SEC filings, 77% of the tea samples failed the European Union pesticide import standards (EC 396/2005) for dry teas, meaning that such teas would be banned from sale to consumers in the European Union.
- Banned Pesticides. 62% of teas tested showed traces of the pesticide Endosulfan, which has been banned by the US, China, the EU and 144 other countries because its use may impair fertility, cause harm to unborn children and other damage to agricultural workers.
The study also found that Teavana’s claims that their teas are organic is also a lie, only one of the teas tested qualify as organic or European organic. Read the rest of the report here.