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Re: question

  Hi, Dennis,
        I have not seen a specific analysis of coffee, but given how it is
  grown and processed, it is likely to have some dioxin on it:
  1. Coffee growers apparently prefer to use the U.S.-banned pesticide
  Dieldrin (I think this is discussed in Diet For A Small Planet, but may have
  been somewhere else...). The pesticide residue is measureable in the coffee.
  2. The coffee beans are roasted at fairly high temperature (450 F comes to
  Dieldrin is a chlorinated aromatic, so it is probably contaminated with
  dioxin to start with, and certainly the roasting process is going to produce
  Best to drink Cafe Altura, grown organically (Mexico, I believe).
  Cheers (and Merry Xmas)
  Jon Campbell
  -----Original Message-----
  From: Catalano, Dennis <catalad@wdni.com>
  To: Multiple recipients of list <dioxin-l@essential.org>
  Date: Wednesday, December 24, 1997 12:01 PM
  Subject: question
  >Does anyone out on this list have any information on dioxin content in
  >coffee?  I know coffee contains many nasty chemicals, but have not seen
  >any info on dioxin.  I would think that the roasting process of the
  >beans would form some.  I have been involved in coffee filter analysis,
  >but if the coffee contains dioxin, what is the point of worrying about
  >the trace levels found in the paper filter?
  >Dennis Catalano