The Tea Board
of India having reviewed the findings of the Greenpeace study can confirm
that all the samples tested comply with the Indian laws and regulations,
designed to protect consumers. Indian teas are well regarded the world
over and are totally safe following stringent standards.
The Tea Board of
India would like to dispel any misconceptions about Indian tea in the eyes of
consumers at large. The Indian tea industry led by the Tea Board of
India has been constantly taking steps to make tea cultivation even more
sustainable and reduce reliance on synthetic plant protection products to
ensure that Indian tea continues to meet the high standards consumers
expect. These steps include:
· The launch of trustea, an initiative
which will have certified at least 50 million kilograms of tea by December
· The development of the Plan
Protection Code to aid best practice in tea cultivation (http://www.teaboard.gov.in/pdf/notice/Plant_Protection_Code.pdf)
· Identifying, and advocating for,
even higher standards by partnering with the industry on a scientific pilot
that will ascertain the feasibility
of non synthetic
plant protection products for tea cultivation.
Tea Board of India is
open to collaborating with all stakeholders to help make tea production in
India more sustainable in the long run. It was in this vein that Tea
Board organized a seminar for Greenpeace to interact with the small growers
in the tea sector recently.
In the interest of
clarifying any concerns that may have arisen in the minds of consumers and
other stakeholders, The Tea Board of India will make available all the
factual information and responses on its website at www.teaboard.gov.in.