Amid worries that CTC wide variety from Nepal was becoming marketed as Darjeeling tea to buyers, Tea Board has asked the Commissioner of Customs, Kolkata (Land), to examine the good quality of brew arriving from that nation at FSSAI-accredited laboratories.
According to a Tea Board formal, brew from the neighbouring nation can’t be banned as the treaty signed among the two nations around the world has provisions for its import. Under the treaty, India imports tea from Nepal at zero duty, the formal reported.
“As the plucking season in Darjeeling has arrived, we have asked the Customs department to examine if the good quality of tea from Nepal conforms to FSSAI parameters,” he informed PTI on Tuesday.
Arun Kumar Ray, Deputy Chairman of Tea Board, reported the agency has sought help from a laboratory in Mumbai, which can differentiate among Darjeeling and Nepal teas.
“We have asked the Customs authorities