Intertek, one of the leading provider of quality and safety services to a vast range of industries across the world, has announced that it has been listed as the third party audit body for Trustea– the India Sustainable Tea programme. Earlier, the Tea Board of India had approved Intertek to provide a Codex HACCP based Food Safety Management System Standards Certification. With this, Intertek has now become the one stop solution for certification in the tea industry.
Trustea is an ambitious initiative to develop and implement a sustainability code for the Indian domestic tea market. It has been designed to calculate the social, economic, agronomic and environmental performance of the Indian tea estates, smallholders and Bought Leaf Factories (BLFs). Intertek will now perform testing and certification for the Indian domestic tea market and help it gain acceptance on global quality standards.
Rajesh Saigal, regional managing director, Intertek, South Asia said, “With Indian consumers demanding products that are manufactured sustainably, the Trustea code is an assurance of ‘Certified’ safe, healthier, hygienic and environmentally friendly tea. Through its testing and auditing facilities, Intertek aims to provide value for money and the highest level of satisfaction for the consumers.”
Siyaram Tiwari, head– food services, Intertek added, “As per the report by ONICRA, India is the world’s second largest producer and consumer of tea, accounting for nearly 25-27 per cent of global tea production. It also accounts for around 10-12 per cent of world tea exports. To keep up with the changing trends of the tea industry, companies are looking for an effective quality and certification solution, which is where Intertek becomes their partner. Facilities at Intertek include Trust Tea Audit, ISO 22000; 2005, HACCP, FSSC 22000, BRC food safety certification, Organic certification, Energy audit, Testing and Training. This makes Intertek a complete solution for testing and certification of tea in the region.”
The tea laboratories at Intertek will test for polyphenos, caffeine, amino acids, terpenoids, alcohols, carbonyl compounds and other volatiles. Other tea analyses include tests for theaflavin and thearubigin, along with total colour, percent brightness, astringency, bitterness and sweetness.