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Food In Focus: Tea

Food In Focus: Tea

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A study by Choice Magazine found that out of 55 Australian tea brands tested, nearly 40% contained pesticide residues, of which a few were much higher than the maximum residue limit. The study also found residues of 17 pesticides not registered for use in foods in Australia.

All brands claiming to be organic were pesticide-free.

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Tulsi Teas ($4.95 for 18 bags) are certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture. Varieties from caffeine-free Original to exotic-sounding Pomegranate Green are all made with the anti-stress Indian herb, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum).

Planet Organic.com.au teas (approximately $5 for 25 bags) are Australian Certified Organic, come in oxygen-bleached paper and some varieties, including the Green and English Breakfast teas, are also Fairtrade certified.

Scarborough Fair teas, grown in Sri Lanka, are all certified Fairtrade, and the green tea varieties (approximately $3.50 for 25 bags), including a particularly yummy blend with lemon and lime, are also biodynamic and organic certified.

Mighty Leaf’s organic teas ($15.95 for 15 pouches) come in handcrafted bio-degradable pouches, or loose leaf, in blends from Breakfast to Mint Melange. The leavesare Swiss Certified Organic and the final products certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture.

Scarborough Fair teas, grown in Sri Lanka, are all certified Fairtrade, and the green tea varieties (approximately $3.50 for 25 bags), including a particularly yummy blend with lemon and lime, are also biodynamic and organic certified.