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April 24, 2014 / Scott Tillett

Pesticides Found in Celestial Seasoning “100% Natural” Teas

Hain Celestial Group, Inc., makers of Celestial Seasonings teas, advertises its sleepy time/kids teas, various green teas, wellness teas, k-cups, and other teas as “100% Natural.” However, the results of a December 2012 analysis by EuroFins, a worldwide analytic testing company, indicate that 10 of the 11 teas tested contained pesticide levels that exceed U.S. Federal limits.

The pesticides found in Hain Celestial’s teas include Propachlor, found in Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape tea, a chemical that was placed on the Proposition 65 list as known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Propachlor is also listed by the Pesticide Action Database as a Bad Actor Chemical (meaning it is toxic, carcinogenic, or a known reproductive or developmental toxicant), a carcinogen, and a developmental or reproductive toxin. Other Hain Celestial teas tested, including English Breakfast Black K-Cup, Green Tea Peach Blossom, Green Tea Raspberry Gardens, Antioxidant Max Blackberry Pomegranite, Antioxidant Max Blood Orange, and Antioxidant Max Dragon Fruit contained Propargite, another chemical on the Proposition 65 list, known by the State of California to cause cancer and developmental toxicity. Despite these findings, to this day, Celestial Seasonings markets its products as “100% Natural Teas.”

Hain Celestial Group responded to consumer concerns about toxic chemicals found in its tea products by indicating that it had its own tea samples tested by the National Food Lab, which was supposedly “an industry-leading third-party lab…” However, The National Food Lab was not exactly a “third-party lab” as its website had prominently listed Celestial Seasonings as one of its clients (compare The National Food Labs’ current “Our Clients” webpage, not listing specific client names, to this web archive of the same webpage, specifically listing Celestial Seasonings).

Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP is currently investigating false advertising, unfair competition, and other claims on behalf of consumers who purchased Hain Celestial Group teas advertised as “100% Natural.” If you purchased an adulterated Celestial Seasoning tea product, you may be entitled to relief. Please call Khorrami Boucher, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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