India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has focused on customs of authorities to keep a near watch on the superiority of teas that are inflowing from Nepal. It also monitors the quantified food safety standards on tea after the Darjeeling tea industry has opposed the import of cheap Nepalese tea for domestic consumption. Sanjay Bansal who leads the Darjeeling tea planters, chairman, Ambootia group, elevated this issue that manufactured tea that is being imported from Nepal that was not in compliance with Food Safety and Standard Regulations and said it puts the health of Indian consumers at danger. Darjeeling planters have clarified that Nepalese teas should stick to the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for specific chemicals like dicofol, ethion, fenazaquin, glyphosate, and others that are fixed by FSSAI in tea plantations.
Binod Mohan, chairman, Darjeeling Tea Association said, “Inexpensive Nepalese teas have found a projection space in most trade outlets across the country as Darjeeling tea. In return, this has diminished the mood of Darjeeling planters who had over the years created a market for their teas within the country. The structure of FSSAI is expected to structure and will bring down the entry of cheap Nepalese teas in the Indian market”.
Tea from Nepal started inflowing India in huge volumes after the plantation operations in the hills came to an oppressive standstill since the last four months in the year 2017 between June and September due to the assault call was given by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. This opened the doors for the Nepalese teas in the Indian market and now the industry claims that Nepalese teas are even looking out for ways to global markets which used to buy only Darjeeling teas.