For over 40 years, Celestial Seasonings has offered natural products that are good for you and good for the world, and our customers' health and safety is our number one priority. Recently, a blog article appeared questioning the safety and quality of some of our teas. This blog contains incomplete and inaccurate information about our products, and we'd like to provide you with the facts.
Celestial Seasonings travels the world to find some of the best botanical ingredients for our teas. To help create our wide variety of teas, some of our blends do contain “natural flavors.” But our natural flavors are just that – natural. They’re derived from real ingredients. Our teas never contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives of any kind.
As for GMOs, Celestial Seasonings teas DO NOT contain genetically modified ingredients. This includes the non-GMO soy lecithin that’s used to create some of our flavors. In fact, our parent company, Hain Celestial, publicly supports mandatory labeling requirements for GMO ingredients.
The blog claims we’ve received warning letters from the FDA “in regard to poor quality control.” This is false. In the last 10 years, we’ve received two letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One was related to a minor labeling issue (we used the wrong font size), and the second was for process documentation (i.e. paperwork). Neither was related to product safety or “poor quality control,” and both issues were quickly addressed to FDA’s satisfaction and closed out. This information is available through the FDA’s website and is a matter of public record.
On packaging, it’s important for you to know that our tea bag paper is made of a blend of natural, chlorine-free fibers, and does not contain epichlorohydrin.
Finally, the pesticide claims made in the blog are based upon a report issued in February by a “short seller,” an investment firm which stands to gain financially if our parent company’s stock price declines. By its nature, this kind of firm is motivated to spread false, incomplete and out-of-context information. When we read the short seller’s report, we sent the same teas for independent, third party testing by the industry-leading National Food Lab (NFL). Their testing detected no pesticides in the brewed Celestial Seasonings teas. NFL’s testing reaffirmed that Celestial Seasonings teas are safe.
Thank you for taking the time to hear our side of the story. Celestial Seasonings remains focused on our founding mission: to provide good health, great taste and innovative variety while maintaining a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. We hope that this information reassures you that our teas are still the wholesome products you’ve expected from us over the years.