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Ensuring Safe Tea: Rigorous Pesticide Residue Testing for Health and Quality

Introduction: Safe Tea

The safety of our tea is paramount, and rigorous pesticide residue testing is crucial to ensure it. By adhering to stringent testing standards and leveraging advanced facilities, we can protect consumer health, maintain trade integrity, and preserve the environment.

Safe Tea
Safe Tea

What are Pesticides?

Pesticides are substances used to control pests and ensure healthy crop growth. However, certain pesticides have been deemed harmful due to their adverse effects on human health and the environment. These banned pesticides pose significant risks and have been prohibited or restricted to prevent their detrimental impact.

Directions Issued for Pesticide Residue Testing

The Tea Board of India has instructed all tea producers to avoid using any chemical pesticide in their tea plantations that does not have a label claim for tea. Furthermore, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has circulated a list of 20 banned pesticides. These include Aldicarb, Aldrin, Dieldrin, Chlordane, Heptachlor, Lindane, Endosulfan, Carbofuran, Methomyl, Phosphamidon, Captafol, Ferbam, Formothion, Simazine, Diazinon, DDT, Fenitrothion, Fenthion, Methyl Parathion, Ethyl Parathion, and Monocrotophos.

Importance of Testing

Tea testing typically involves analysing samples for pesticide residues. The presence of banned pesticides raises several concerns:

  • Consumer Health: Ingesting residues may pose health risks depending on the pesticide and exposure level.
  • Trade Disruptions: Exports may be rejected if residue levels exceed limits set by importing countries.
  • Environmental Impact: Banned pesticides may persist in the environment and harm ecosystems.

Challenges in Indian Tea Exports

The Indian tea industry faces significant challenges as international and domestic buyers reject tea shipments due to elevated levels of pesticides and chemicals beyond permissible limits. This has impacted exports, highlighting the urgent need for enhanced quality control measures to restore buyer confidence and uphold the esteemed reputation of Indian tea globally.

Standards and Regulations

Under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the FSSAI has promulgated regulations to ensure the safety and quality of Food in India. These regulations mandate comprehensive testing of food products, including tea, for contaminants, toxins, and residues. The FSSAI’s directive requires all notified laboratories to test for the 20 banned pesticides in addition to routine pesticide testing.

Advanced Testing Facilities

Arbro Laboratories has advanced facilities for chemical, microbiological and mechanical testing of products. Our testing capabilities include:

– Chemical Testing: Using instruments such as 100+ HPLCs, 8 LCMSMS, 6 GCMS, 20 GCs, 4 ICPMS, 2 IC, AAS, 2 HPTLC, DSC, 100K litres of stability chambers, across Delhi NCR, Baddi and Bangalore.

– Microbiological Testing: State-of-the-art microbiology and molecular biology labs.

These facilities ensure that we can accurately detect and quantify pesticide residues, maintaining the highest standards of food safety and quality.

Arbro Laboratories’ Role

Arbro is a leading provider of analytical testing services, plays a vital role in testing for banned pesticides in tea.  It is notified by Tea Board through Integrated NABL-FSSAI and Tea Board Assessment.

Through continuous innovation and commitment to excellence, we strive to uphold the highest standards of food safety in the tea industry.

Conclusion

In the end, a cup of tea should bring in the much required ‘refreshment’, free from the worries of harmful pesticides. By ensuring meticulous testing and adherence to regulations, we can all enjoy our tea with peace of mind.

Laboratories ensures that we can all enjoy our tea with peace of mind.

Please feel free to contact us for your pesticide residue testing service needs using the quick query form on the right or by calling us now on +91-8588851888

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