Each worldwide and home patrons have rejected a collection of tea consignments as a result of presence of pesticides and chemical substances past permissible limits, Indian Tea Exporters Affiliation (ITEA) chairman Anshuman Kanoria stated on Friday.
Filling up the vacuum created by crisis-hit Sri Lanka within the world market, Tea Board is eyeing to ramp up exports. Nevertheless, the rejection of consignments is inflicting a decline in outward shipments.
All teas bought within the nation should conform to the Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) norms. Nevertheless, many of the patrons are buying tea that has unusually excessive chemical content material, Kanoria advised PTI.
In 2021, India exported 195.90 million kg of tea. The key patrons had been the Commonwealth of Impartial States (CIS) nations and Iran. The board is aiming to attain 300 million kg of tea this yr.
Better of Specific Premium
Kanoria stated that many international locations are following strict entry laws for tea. A lot of the international locations observe variations of the EU requirements, that are extra stringent than the FSSAI guidelines.
“As an alternative of complying with the regulation, many are urging the federal government to make the FSSAI norms extra liberal,” he stated, including that this could ship a fallacious sign because the beverage is taken into account to be a well being drink.
A senior official of the Tea Board advised PTI that complaints have been acquired from tea packers and exporters on the problem.
“It’s reiterated that producers ought to strictly abide by the extant FSSAI norms. The difficulty of modification of the norms has been raised by the producers’ organisations with FSSAI. It’s apparent that exports ought to adhere to the prevailing norms of the importing international locations,” he stated.
India exported tea value Rs 5,246.89 crore in 2021.