Tested Goldman tea contains pesticides and glyphosate

Author: Lena Wenzel / Birgit Hinch / Annette Dorman | Category: Food and Drink | 09/13/2021

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129 million cups of tea are drunk every day in Germany. Herbal teas are especially popular. But be careful when choosing from store shelves: Our testing shows that some teas contain questionable ingredients. This includes Goldman 9 herbal tea.

“This delicious and healthy blend is the perfect home tea for the whole family”: With these words declares the service provider East India Tea Company The Goldman 9 Herbs Tea in his online store. However, we do not recommend drinking herbal tea. In our testing, it scored only “unsatisfactory”. This makes Goldman tea one of the eleven products in the test that we advise against.

The reason for this is questionable components. Because in addition to the main components of mint, blackberry leaf and chamomile, there are also pesticide residues in the tested Goldmannen tea.

Prohibited spray in Goldman 9 Herbs Tea

Let’s call the problematic substances a spade: First, we have the particularly questionable insecticide chlorpyrifos. It is suspected of having a negative effect on genetic material and neurodevelopment – it has been banned in the European Union since April 2020. It is also considered highly toxic to bees.

It is unclear how the spray got into the product despite the current ban. After that, it is difficult to tell which raw material is responsible. Goldman tea is not the only tea blend in the test that contains chlorpyrifos. We criticize him seven times.

Tea is very popular: 129 million cups are drunk daily in Germany.

Tea is very popular: 129 million cups are drunk daily in Germany. (Photo: Potsaya/Shutterstock)

in a letter that East India Tea Company Addressed to us, the manufacturer indicated that the product fell well below the maximum allowable limit for chlorpyrifos in this tea, given the drying agents applied.

We believe that a pesticide banned in the EU for health reasons should not be contained in food at all – not even in herbal teas, even if the content is below the legal maximum, subject to drying agents.

Criticism of the glyphosate in Goldman tea in the test

Glyphosate is the second unwanted ingredient tested by the lab we hired at Goldman 9 Herbs Tea It has been proven. Here, too, the manufacturer draws attention to the fact that the levels found are well below the legal maximum.

Because the pesticide is suspected to cause cancer and is therefore of particular concern, we are stricter than the legislator and discount the mark even for low concentrations.

For comparison: we criticized glyphosate in six herbal teas in the test.

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Plant toxins are a problem in tea comparison

So testing showed that herbal teas can have issues with chlorpyrifos and glyphosate. But that’s not all: Eleven products are also tainted with phytotoxins in the right amounts to reduce their value. Pyrrolizidine (PA) and tropane (TA) alkaloids have been found.

In the Goldman 9 Herbs Tea The lab we assigned found traces of PA and TA. These are levels so low that we do not underestimate their value.

The question remains as to what exactly PA and TA are. When consumed in small amounts over a long period of time, PA can cause liver damage. It is also potentially carcinogenic and mutagenic. TA is highly toxic. Possible consequences of eating larger amounts: drowsiness, headache or nausea.

In total, we examined 50 herbal tea blends.

In total, we examined 50 herbal tea blends. (Photo: Olenaduygu / Shutterstock)

This is how the overall evaluation is made

The overall assessment is based on the components of the sub-outcomes. Because of Goldman 9 Herbs Tea It contains chlorpyrifos and glyphosate, and we discount a total of six notes. ÖKO-TEST scores no worse than ‘unsatisfactory’, so the overall rating can only be ‘unsatisfactory’. For details on assessment and testing methods, see the Test Procedures section of the Test Information page.

in the exam: 50 herbal tea mix. We can recommend about half of the products checked with the highest marks. Eleven herbal teas, however, failed with “not enough” or “not enough”. Read more about this here: Herbal tea test: Plant toxins and banned sprays found.

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