Taiwan’s tea traceability system will help track origin

tea-taiwanTaiwan’s FDA will soon launch a comprehensive inspection of beverage chains to address consumers’ concerns about the presence of pesticide residues in their drinks. (Image source: A Girl with Tea/Flickr)Taiwanese government has launched a cloud-based traceability system for domestic tea, which will allow consumers to trace the source and production of tea, the council of agriculture (COA) said

The system was completed in 2014 and the COA began inviting tea farmers in January 2015, according to Tsai Hsien-tzung, section chief at COA’s Tea Research and Extension Station.

The council aims to include 400 ha of tea farms in the system by the end of this year and expand to 1,000 ha by the end of 2016, Tsai said.

“The ultimate goal is to have all 15,000 tea farmers and 12,000 ha of tea farms in the country included in the system.”

The traceability of tea is more needed now, Tsai added, since it was found recently that a rose tea drink, sold at a well-known tea store chain, contained traces of DDT, banned insecticide that is known to cause environmental damage. The dried rose petals were imported from Iran but the label on the packaging showed them as being imported from Germany.

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