Celestial Seasonings has always offered natural products that are good for you and good for the world — our customers' health and safety is our number one priority. But several months ago, a report was issued questioning the safety of some of our teas. We'd like to take this opportunity to respond to the false and misleading statements contained within that report.
The report was issued in February, 2013 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. Several subsequent articles and blog postings have accepted the report’s claims without questioning the motivation of the report’s author.
Providing safe products has been our top priority for more than 40 years. So when we saw the report, we reacted immediately. We sent the same teas highlighted in the report for testing to the National Food Lab (NFL), an accredited industry-leading third-party lab with decades of experience designing and executing food safety programs.
NFL’s independent testing reaffirmed that Celestial Seasonings teas are safe and follow strict industry guidelines. In addition, NFL detected no pesticides in the brewed Celestial Seasonings teas they tested.
Celestial Seasonings follows a stringent testing protocol for all incoming raw ingredients. We test for commonly used pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, and we reject ingredients when these substances are detected beyond acceptable limits as defined by industry-recognized and/or government agencies, including the U.S. EPA, U.S. FDA, European Union Pharmacopeial Convention, and Codex Alimentarius.
To further reassure you about the safety of our teas, we are also members of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an industry group whose mission is to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. Additionally, our facility is audited annually by a third party to comply with Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certification under GFSI.
In summary, because of our own rigorous quality and safety standards, the rigid testing protocol that our ingredients are subjected to, and the additional third-party tests conducted by the NFL, we are confident that all Celestial Seasonings teas are safe and in no way “dangerous” as the “short seller” firm’s report concluded.
Celestial Seasonings was founded in 1969 with the mission to provide good health, great taste and innovative variety in our products while maintaining a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. We are a pioneering member of the natural foods industry here in Colorado and across the country, and we remain focused on our founding mission.