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Chinese herbs contain dangerous pesticides

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If you’re regularly taking Chinese herbs, you might want to check that they have been grown organically. Many herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine contain a cocktail of pesticides, including several that are considered to be ‘extremely hazardous’, a Greenpeace analysis has revealed this week.
The Greenpeace researchers have found that 32 of the 36 herbs imported from China that they tested contained three or more pesticides, and samples of honeysuckle had up to 26. Seventeen samples contained pesticides that are classified as “highly or extremely hazardous” by the World Health Organization.
The 36 samples were purchased in the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and all had been imported from medical suppliers in China. The herbs included chrysanthemum, wolfberry, honeysuckle, dried lily bulb, san qi, Chinese date and rosebud.
Long-term exposure to pesticide residues in food can cause an accumulation of the toxic chemicals around the body, including in the limbs and organs, which can cause hormone disruption and reproductive abnormalities.
(Source: www.greenpeace.org.uk)

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