too much dirt,” according to the “60 million consumers” survey.

While the agricultural show ends this Sunday, March 6, the use of pesticides is still regularly questioned by the French, more and more of whom are turning to organic. 60 million consumers publishes a review that reveals that the teas and herbal teas we consume are “full of filth,” in the words of the magazine.

franceinfo: Patricia Chayropoulos, have you checked 48 references in this dossier, and so we know that when we drink tea or herbal tea, there is much more in the teapot than water and plants?

Patricia Chayropoulos: Yes, that is, for example, fragments of insects, plastic, stone. This is to whet your appetite. We also found several, even many, pesticide residues in our analyzes, some of which are banned in France and Europe.

Whether it’s black teas, green teas, herbal teas, whatever we consume for infusion, are they all on the same scale, or are some more so than others?

Yes, we are mainly talking about teas, and even more so about traditional teas, be it black tea or green tea. There is still a certain amount of pesticides in there. In fact, all regular teas contain pesticide residues, which we have studied.

On the other hand, things are a bit better on the infusion side, as we found traces of pesticides in verbena and mint infusions. But other than that they are doing better. But in general, yes, especially black teas and non-organic green teas, it’s not a big deal.

Precisely pesticides, you’ve examined 770 different molecules, and we find, in particular, glyphosate in a third of the products?

Yes, and mostly in black teas, so you know glyphosate is a weed killer that we’ve heard a lot about and is still not banned in Europe and France. Finally, for professional use, but also, of course, in China and India, where there is a tea culture. So, indeed, we find traces of glyphosate, perhaps more than we thought, in other places.

This means that there are still a lot of pesticide residues in these infusions. Is everything prohibited?

No, we actually found 14 different pesticide residues. And while half, on the other hand, are residues of banned pesticides. So there are some that are allowed. Thus, we can find the remains in the ordinary.

It’s unfortunate, but it happens, that’s the way it is. On the other hand, where is it really more problematic to find these pesticides, which are usually banned in Europe, and even more so in France.

If we buy teas, organic herbal teas, are we protected from consuming infusions with a small amount of pesticides?

So yes, definitely. Aside from the organic detox infusion, which doesn’t feel great, otherwise, all the organic products in our panel feel much better. So much for other tests on other products, organics don’t always differ much, unfortunately. But there, on the other hand, everything is clear and clear. It is better to buy organic teas and herbal teas to avoid pesticide contamination.

Tea and herbal tea, are these products that we import in bulk? Why are made in France better than imported ones?

So the major countries we import from are mainly China and India. And above all, the French still consume a lot of tea and herbal teas. And even among the youngest.

So at this point, most of the time, it’s still teas imported from outside the European Union. But indeed, there is a small local production. It’s still a niche. Thus, there are about thirty plantations of plantation projects in France.

There, I’m not talking about the island of Reunion, where there is already tea, and this product is starting to be sold, and in any case it is organic. It will be local, organic, and therefore, a priori, really cleaner than what we can find on the shelves at the moment.