Sri Lanka tea meet to seek common standard

Dec 16, 2011 (LBO) – Tea producing and consuming countries will seek to agree on a common standard for pesticide residue levels in tea during a meeting of the United Nations Food and Agriculture organisation body in Colombo early next year.

Different MRL standards in markets like Japan and Germany had created problems for exporters some of whose shipments had been rejected, he told a news conference.

During the Colombo meeting Sri Lanka will also seek to revive the International Tea Producers Forum, with tea producing countries to met on the sidelines of the IGG meeting on February 01, 2012. Common tea production standards and the effects of climate change on cultivation will also be discussed at the FAO inter-governmental group (IGG) on tea from January 30 to February 01, 2012, officials said.

An international tea convention will also be held during February 01-03 with both events expected to draw 200 foreign and 2-300 local delegates.

The IGG meeting will discuss ways of harmonising the different maximum residue limits (MRLs) in tea imposed by different countries, H D Hemaratne, director general of the Sri Lanka Tea Board told LBO.

“Some consumer countries have their own limits and we will aim to harmonise them thr