Black Tea Of 14 brands, 1 failed the pes­ti­cides test

Black Tea Of 14 brand•, 1 failed the pe•ti­cide• te•t

Consumer Voice - - Con­tents - A Con­sumer Voice Re­port

Tea is said to be the most con­sumed aro­matic bev­er­age in the world. Drink­ing tea is a habit like no other. Many of us need it first thing in the morn­ing and re­vere it for what it does to our lev­els of en­ergy and alert­ness. Sure enough, there is a range of amaz­ing health ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with drink­ing tea. For ev­ery study that raises the red flag about po­ten­tial risks of drink­ing too much tea or low-qual­ity tea, there are ten or more stud­ies that tout the good things. For ex­am­ple, there are the an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties of tea, its abil­ity to lower one's risk for some types of can­cer, and so on. De­spite health scare, drink­ing mod­er­ate amounts of tea is gen­er­ally safe for most peo­ple. Drink­ing large amounts of black tea, or more than four or five cups a day, may cause health prob­lems. That's mostly be­cause of caf­feine-re­lated side ef­fects. So far as qual­ity and safety as­pects are con­cerned, adul­ter­ation is ad­mit­tedly a se­ri­ous is­sue. Also, are we drink­ing tea that has pes­ti­cides lev­els ex­ceed­ing the stan­dards pre­scribed by na­tional reg­u­la­tions? What are the ma­jor qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters that one should look for in tea? These as­pects are at the cen­tre of the lat­est Con­sumerVoice re­port, which com­pares the per­for­mances of 14 lead­ing brands of black tea. Read on to find out which brand had pes­ti­cide residues be­yond the ac­cept­able safety limit.

We tested the 14 brands of black tea on qual­ity and safety pa­ram­e­ters at an NABLac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. The test pro­gramme was mainly based on Food Safety & Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tions and rel­e­vant In­dian Stan­dard IS: 3633:2003, as well as other re­lated stan­dards ap­pli­ca­ble to this prod­uct.

The key pa­ram­e­ters for which the 14 brands were tested in­cluded to­tal flavonoids, theaflavins, crude fi­bre, pes­ti­cide residues (the tests cov­ered seven pes­ti­cides), heavy met­als (lead and cop­per), iron fil­ings, wa­ter-sol­u­ble ash, to­tal ash, wa­ter ex­tract and added colour­ing mat­ter.

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