Greenpeace study finds high dose of pesticides in tea : India
Greenpeace study finds high dose of pesticides in teaNew Delhi, Aug 11, 2014, DHNS:
Almost 60 pc of popular tea samples contained at least one pesticide
Several popular Indian tea brands are laced with high dose of pesticides in violation of the regulatory norms, a Greenpeace study has found. DH photo
Several popular Indian tea brands are laced with high dose of pesticides in violation of the regulatory norms, a Greenpeace study has found.
Almost 60 per cent of the samples – 29 out of the 49 branded and packaged tea – contain at least one pesticide, way above the safety limits set by the European Union. In 18 samples, quantity of pesticides is 50 per cent more than the maximum residue level.
One sample of Brooke Bond Red label contained 20 pesticides, while another sample of Goodrick Chai was contaminated with 19 of these chemicals. The brands that were tested include Brooke Bond, Golden Tips, Goodricke, Lipton, Tata Tea, Tetley and Twinings.
The manufacturers include Hindustan Unilever Limited, Tata Global Beverages Limited, Wagh Bakri Tea, Goodricke Tea, Twinings, Golden Tips, Kho-Cha and Girnar. Unilever and Tata account for almost 54 per cent of the produce available in the market....