Kolkata: Several countries have rejected several tea consignments regarding high use of pesticides and chemicals beyond the permissible limits. Anshuman Kanoria, chairman of the Indian Tea Exporters’ Association (ITEA), said today.
The Indian tea exporter hoped to increase exports to fill the void left by the crisis in Sri Lanka, one of the major tea exporting nations. The Board was eyeing increasing exports.
All tea sold in the country must conform to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) norms. However, most of the buyers are purchasing tea that has an unusually high chemical content, Mr Kanoria said.
In 2021, India exported 195.90 million kg of tea. The majority of buyers were from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Iran.The board has fixed an export target of 300 million kg of tea this year.
Mr Kanoria said that many countries are following strict entry regulations for tea. Most countries follow variations of the EU standards, which are more severe than the FSSAI rules.
A senior official of the Tea Board said that complaints have been received from tea packers and exporters on the issue.
“It is repeated that producers should firmly stand by the extant FSSAI norms.” The issue of change in the norms has been raised by the producers’ organisations with FSSAI. “It is obvious that exports should stick to the existing norms of the importing nations,” he said.
India exported tea worth 5,246.89 crore in 2021.