‘Tea’-totaller? Find out which nations drink the least, most tea

A cup of tea, or three, in the morning can go a long way in helping you prepare for the day. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 10 May 2017
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‘Tea’-totaller? Find out which nations drink the least, most tea

DUBAI: A cup of tea in the morning can go a long way in helping you prepare for the day but there are some nations which don’t fancy a cuppa and some which are tea mad, a report by the Telegraph published Monday shows.
According to the report, which uses 2011 data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations — the latest available, Lesotho, Haiti and Cuba are tea averse, with a consumption rate that rounds out to 0.0kg per person per year.
On the other hand, the world’s top tea-loving nation is Paraguay, with the average citizen drinking their way through 12.22kg of tea in a typical year.
Matte, a caffeine-rich infusion also popular in Syria, accounts for a majority of that figure, the newspaper reports.
Rounding out the top three are Uruguay and Argentina.
Meanwhile, Kuwait and Turkey come in at the seventh and eights spots, respectively.
The world’s top 15 tea-loving nations are:
1. Paraguay — 12.22kg per person per year
2. Uruguay — 9.66kg per person per year
3. Argentina — 6.05kg per person per year
4. Kenya — 3.24kg per person per year
5. The Gambia — 3.22kg per person per year
6. Djibouti — 3.2kg per person per year
7. Kuwait — 3.2kg per person per year
8. Turkey — 3.11kg per person per year
9. Mauritania — 2.63kg per person per year
10. Malta — 2.24kg per person per year
11. Afghanistan — 2.17kg per person per year
12. United Kingdom — 2.06kg per person per year
13. Morocco — 2kg per person per year
14. Brazil — 1.99kg per person per year
15. Macao — 1.97kg per person per year


US issues health alert on romaine lettuce

In this file photo taken on May 2, 2018, Romaine lettuce is displayed at a grocery store in San Anselmo, California. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2018
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US issues health alert on romaine lettuce

  • Health officials in Canada said they had also identified 18 people stricken with the same strain of food poisoning in two provinces, Ontario and Quebec

WASHINGTON: US health officials warned consumers Tuesday not to eat any romaine lettuce and to throw away any they might have in their homes, citing an outbreak of E. coli poisoning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the warning against all Romaine lettuce just two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, when American families gather and feast together.
“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC said, after 32 people were reported sick from E. coli poisoning in 11 states, with 13 of them hospitalized. One of those had suffered kidney failure.
Health officials in Canada said they had also identified 18 people stricken with the same strain of food poisoning in two provinces, Ontario and Quebec.
“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” the CDC said, noting that it had not been able to pinpoint precisely where the suspect leaves had originated.
“If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away,” the CDC said.
It advised anyone who had stored romaine lettuce in their refrigerator to wash down the shelves where the leaves had been kept.
No deaths have so far been reported.