Japan says some Ceylon tea are not up to required standards

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Japanese authorities have informed Sri Lanka that some of the Ceylon tea exports to that country are not up to the required standards because of the presence of a chemical component, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said.

He said the issue was discussed at the highest level and that the Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman was also scheduled to leave for Japan at the end of this month.

“They have not issued any warnings but they have said that some of our teas that are coming to Japan are not meeting the standards. There is a particular chemical component (MCPA) in tea and that is over and above the standards they have set. Our tea exports are up to the standards set by the European market. Now the Japanese standard is much higher than the European standard. The chemical level found in some exports is higher than accepted by the Japanese,” the minister said.

He said Sri Lanka had asked Japan for ‘some time' to resolve this issue.

“What we are requesting them is to give us some time, about six months. We can adapt our procedures and introduce a new chemical that they can accept within the given timeframe so that this problem will be resolved,” the minister said.

He said the chemical levels in tea have increased with the use of weedicides introduced as an alternative for Glyphosate.

“We have told the companies not to use this alternative. We have to have a better weedicide. If Glyposate was not banned, we wouldn’t be having this issue,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Sri Saturday, 27 January 2018 08:21 AM

    Japanese are paronoid by nature and the recent Russian rejection of the Sri Lankan tea must have played into their paranoia.

    johan Saturday, 27 January 2018 09:37 AM

    Actually this cannot be because of chemical component in the weedicide,but MC(Methyl Salicylate) is directly used to the made tea for better fragrance, taste and also to get better prices.If this could be the reason this practice should be stoppedand try to get the alternative methods to get the genuine taste

    ravin Saturday, 27 January 2018 09:42 AM

    Well Mr.minister, we heard that tea industry guys had requested to import banned Glycophosphat. And now come Japanese concern. Solution is clear.

    ANTON Saturday, 27 January 2018 09:47 AM

    ACTUALLY WHAT IS NOT UP TO SCRATCH, TEA OR THE TEA TESTERS ? OR THE TEA TESTING LABORATORIES ?

    SL Saturday, 27 January 2018 09:52 AM

    This many was dying to approve the banned chemical to be used in tea plantations.how ever,as a country we are not doing any test on chemical compossition in our foods which we daily intake.I think after 2-3 dacades we will see sever results due to excessive use of chemicals with paddy fields,plantation etc. At least learn from Japan and stop allowing farmers to use chemicals and make it a must stop. there will be a financial disadvantage at the beginning,Gvt shall fund it.

    T.J.miskin Saturday, 27 January 2018 10:34 AM

    Japan is correct. I have been drinking tea for more than five decades. Sri Lankan tea now is one of the worst in the world. India and certain African countries tea are better than Sri Lankan tea.

    Ceylon Saturday, 27 January 2018 05:40 PM

    Why wait untill the customer complained???.

    Ceylon Saturday, 27 January 2018 05:42 PM

    Srilanka is world famous for corruption,killing,injustice,low quality and broken promisess.

    Siva Monday, 29 January 2018 07:48 AM

    And grab what you can today as tomorrow may be too late

    Arnold Saturday, 27 January 2018 06:24 PM

    What the crap is going on in Sri Lanka?? President says he has no power to punish the criminals, and now this guy says there is a problem with the tea. So don't just sit there, go do something about it, as you the person who could do something about it.

    Druvi Monday, 29 January 2018 09:29 AM

    Looks like the cock has come home to roost. MY3 bans Glypospate, Tea Growers use alternative weedicides. MCPA chemical levels in tea have increased with the use of these alternative weedicides. So what do we do? Lift the ban on Glypospate of course which was quite unessesary.


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