Tea Board cancels licences of 18 instant tea and biofertiliser units in Coonoor

The Tea Board’s Zonal Office in Coonoor has cancelled the licences of eighteen biofertiliser and instantaneous tea factories for numerous deviations.

Tea Board’s Govt Director M Balaji mentioned that this followed the perusal of replies and depositions obtained from them on the showcause notices issued to them arising from the inspections carried out by the Board’s officials to determine the veracity of the usage of tea waste.

Tea Board has licensed numerous factories for making instantaneous tea, and biofertilisers making use of the tea waste as raw product. Such tea waste is a residue created for the duration of tea manufacture and does not conform to the specifications of tea beneath FSSAI and so has to be disposed off as specified beneath Tea Waste (Command) Buy 1959.

Nevertheless, it had noticed that some instantaneous tea factories and biofertiliser models were being not adhering to the phrases and ailments of the licence pertaining to the correct use of the tea waste, Balaji mentioned.

Some marketed tea wastes which were being noted to be misused in recycling adding colour and marketed in rural outlets ensuing in drop of excellent and price in the South Indian market, he noticed.

When the inspection was conducted in 22 models, licence has been cancelled for eighteen models which had not preserved correct accounts of the raw product and the finish create.

Balaji mentioned that the Board has issued advisory notices to three instantaneous tea factories to comply with the stipulations laid down beneath the The Advertising and marketing Command Orders.

In addition to, all registered orthodox or twin tea companies in South India have been encouraged to report to Tea Board the disposal of tea waste, he disclosed.

He mentioned that these action will aid the manufacture of much better excellent tea. It is expected that price ranges will go up when the excellent specifications are followed which will also advantage the buyers in the extended run, he extra.