Sri Lanka hosts global tea forum to discuss production, standards

August 24 (LBO) – Experts from the world’s top tea producing and consuming countries will meet in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo next week to discuss issues concerning sustainable production and food safety standards. This meeting, being organized by the Sri Lanka Tea Research Institute with the Tea Board and CTTA, will see scientists from around the world work towards standardization of MRLs. More than 100 foreign and 300 Sri Lankan delegates are expected to attend the Colombo International Tea Convention on August 29-September 1.

It is being organized by the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association (CTTA) and the Sri Lanka Tea Board to mark the 140th anniversary of the Ceylon tea industry.

Michael de Zoysa, chairman of the convention’s organising committee, told a news conference Thursday that its theme will be sustainability or ‘Sustainabilitea’ as they have called it.

It comes at a time when consumers are becoming more conscious of their social responsibility when sourcing the product.

The conference will discuss issues like sustainability through good agriculture practices, emerging global standards, corporate social responsibility, innovation and markets.

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