by Daniel Wu
“Read the tea leaves”—not in a fortune-telling sense, but more in a literal sense. With tea being the second-most enjoyed beverage across the globe, the tea industry is booming. Many people drink tea every day, but are we sure that the tea giants we buy from are meeting the standards that they’ve promised?
If you go digging around you may find many things in your drink that weren’t promised, such as lead from car emissions, chemicals from coal and air pollution, and pesticides. There have even been precautionary recalls for salmonella risk. From small no-name brands to tea titans, a large portion of them seem to cut corners and bypass legal controls to certain extents.
Do some research on brands the next time you buy tea, just be aware of what may end up in your cup. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t experiment without looking for information and labels that guarantee your tea is safe to drink.