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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)
From: Catalano, Dennis <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, December 24, 1997 12:01 PM
>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?