Metals in Teas

Risk assessment of rare earth elements, antimony, barium, boron, lithium, tellurium, thallium and vanadium in teas

Industrialisation, urbanisation or intensive agriculture, have led to the release of many metals into the environment. We know find rare earth elements in soil, water and food.
Tea is considered the second most popular beverage worldwide and its consumption is constantly increasing. Researchers from The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby and the Department of Hygiene of Animal Feedingstuffs, National Veterinary Research Institute, Puławy, Poland evaluated the contamination levels of rare elements (REES) including lanthanides, scandium (Sc) and yttrium (Y) and also antimony (Sb), barium (Ba), boron (B), lithium (Li), tellurium (Te), thallium (Tl) and vanadium (V) in teas.