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Dangerous pesticides discovered in Chinese tea

16 april 2012, 15:06
Photo courtesy of kisushad.livejournal.com
Photo courtesy of kisushad.livejournal.com
Greenpeace experts discovered hazardous substances in green, jasmine and Ulun teas of 9 leading Chinese producers, Channel 7 reports. Some of these companies export their goods to the U.S., Japan and Europe.

The experts state that the majority of samples contain at least one type of pesticides banned by Chinese authorities.

“These companies neglect the consumers’ health. For example, methomyl and endosulphane cause agenesia and have a negative effect on development of fetus and lead to inherited genetic abnormalities,” Greenpeace representative Van Zin said.

The producers entirely deny presence of hazardous components in their products. They accept that growing tea does involve adding fertilizers and chemicals, but such substances do not stay in the tea leaves.

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