Thursday, June 27, 2013 by: Tony Isaacs
Tags: Celestial Seasonings, pesticides, tea

(NaturalNews) A damning new report on Celestial Seasonings’ line of ‘all natural’ teas reveals that 91 percent of the teas sampled contained pesticide levels that exceeded U.S. federal limits. Ten out of 11 tea varieties, including Antioxidant Blood Orange and Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape were found to have excess pesticides.

no-way-really-Don’t let that term “all natural” fool you

Celestial Seasonings, owned by parent company Hain Celestial, is one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America. Its website and advertising materials proclaim that Celestial Seasonings was “founded on the belief that all-natural herbal teas could help people live healthier lives. Celestial Seasonings has also heavily advertised that their teas are “all natural”.

However, it is worth noting that there is no accepted definition for the term “all natural” and that the term has been much abused by food companies to market products that are less than safe or nutritious.

What the tests found

The tests conducted by Eurofins Scientific, an independent analytic testing company, determined that many varieties of Celestial Seasonings teas contained potentially dangerous levels of multiple pesticides.

A Celestial Seasonings spokesperson gave a mostly cut-and-paste response from the “values” page of their website about how they employ a “rigorous testing protocol” and that they are “confident that all Celestial Seasonings teas deliver on the high quality, safety, and taste that consumers have expected from the brand for over 40 years.”

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