Blogpost by Monica Tan, Greenpeace East Asia
Drinking tea is an essential and much cherished part of Chinese culture. It’s the pride of the nation, so to speak, and this tea is exported to around the globe. But is China’s tea actually safe to drink?
A few months ago we bought 18 tea products at random from nine tea companies in China, and after sending the samples to be tested discovered that a whopping 12 of the 18 samples contained at least one pesticide banned for use on tea. Pesticides like methomyl and endosulfan, the latter of which has been banned globally under the Stockholm Convention due to its toxic properties.