Tea Board India proposes random checking to ensure quality

Tea Board of India has directed the planters to go for random checking of the crop to ensure that produced tea is compliant with food safety norms, an official said. If the produced tea failed to adhere to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) norms, it may not be allowed to be auctioned.

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To comply with food safety norms and to ensure quality, as planters resumed their operations at gardens with limited workforce amid the ongoing lockdown, Tea Board India has directed them to maintain quality. It has proposed to go for random checking of the crop to ensure that produced tea is compliant with food safety norms, an official said. If the produced tea failed to adhere to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) norms, it may not be allowed to be auctioned.
 
The Covid-19 outbreak saw tea gardens and manufacturing units across the country stopping production. However, as per the direction of the government, production has started in almost all the tea growing regions with certain restrictions and maintaining social distancing norms, the board said in a circular.
 
All producer associations were requested to “encourage their seller members to manufacture quality tea or tea compliant to Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) norms” so that the sellers can realise better price to minimise their loss incurred during the lockdown period.
 
“In this context, the Board has proposed to do random checking of auction tea to check the compliance of FSSAI norms. The tea failing to adhere to the FSSAI parameters may not be allowed to be offered in the auctions depending on the extent of the violations by the producers,” according to the circular issued to planters.
 
The board spends about ₹40-50 lakh annually to test tea to make sure that the crop adheres to the food safety parameters, its Deputy Chairman Arun Kumar Ray said recently. Indian Tea Association Chairman Vivek Goenka said random checking was “welcome” and the industry had been complying with food safety norms.
 

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