The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in association with the TEA Board conducted a consultative meeting here today with all TEA stakeholders, including TEA research associations, TEA industries, planters and growers to review the widespread concern on the quality and safety of tea.
CEO, FSSAI, in presence of Deputy Chairman, Tea Board and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, emphasized on the shared responsibility of all the stakeholders towards ensuring the safety of tea. He further briefed on FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS (FSSR) and highlighted that “Tea shall be free from the extraneous matter, added colouring matter and harmful substances. Pesticides in Tea shall not exceed the Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) prescribed in FSSR. The flavoured tea manufacturers shall register themselves with the Tea Board before marketing flavoured tea”.
The prevalence of pesticides residues in tea leaves and the mode of entry of these pesticides were discussed. Stakeholders exchanged their views on harmonization of MRLs of Pesticides Residues in FSSR, default MRL for non-permitted pesticides and other contaminants, testing frequency and methodology.
TEA Board in association with FSSAI will device a campaign calendar for creating awareness on the compliance and quality control measures and strategies for pesticide management GAP, GMP etc and to train and educate farmers/workers.
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