Tea Quality Testing, Inspection and Certification in India
Tea is one of the oldest beverages and India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world. Tea is grown on mountain terrains and a specific type of climate and geography is crucial for tea cultivation. Each tea-producing region in India provides a different yet perfect climate for its cultivation. Hence, tea from different regions have their uniqueness in taste, texture, colour, form and appearance. Almost 70% of the tea produced in India, is consumed by its own people. Tea from every region has its uniqueness which gives it an identity. This uniqueness in colour, taste, aroma and texture has to be maintained and kept intact, for it to be of marketable quality.
Tea quality testing services are carried out to ensure that its quality is maintained all throughout the process from its cultivation to its packaging. Tea testing services include tea testing parameters like checking for any contamination or factors affecting the quality of tea due to change in weather conditions, etc. Tea quality testing is done to keep the tea quality in check by tea traders/exporters from a recognized tea testing service provider. The tea testing services provided by certified companies in India are conducted as per set standards and regulations. Tea quality certification is also provided which confirms its marketability. This is an important requisite to have a good hold over tea trading, including exports to different countries.
The purity and freshness of Tea depends on the Quality Assurance of the tea producing company. Strict quality checks as per set standards and benchmarks is crucial for gaining customer confidence and to have a good hold in the market. Quality Assurance is ensured mainly in three main stages of growing, plucking and processing the tea. High level of quality is maintained by ensuring quality assurance in plucking, processing to packaging processes through tea quality testing services. Any deviation from the set standards should be retrievable by spotting the fault in the chain of processes.
Quality assurance in the Tea industry can be met through the following stages -
In today’s competitive times, having the most stringent levels of Quality Assurance is a game-changer in the industry. A business that adheres to this, has its business sorted. Similarly, looking at the variety of tea available in India from different regions, tea industry players with strict quality assurance, set a different level of competition in the tea market.
Tea is a high value commodity, and to maintain its marketability it must have high quality, in order to maintain its demand in competing with all other tea types from different regions. Any deviation may cost a heavy price to the tea producer or seller. Hence Tea quality testing services encompassing a number of Tea quality testing parameters like colour, texture, flavour, aroma, size etc become essential. The process of Tea Quality Analysis also evaluates if there is any contamination during the stages of 3Ps - Plucking, Processing and Packaging. Also Tea analysis is done to check for any adulterants that devalues the quality of tea. This ensures there are no health hazards for people consuming it.
Some of the other factors why tea quality testing and analysis is important-
TÜV SÜD South Asia has a large scale screening facility that provides tea quality testing and analysis services in India covering all possible parameters. TÜV SÜD screens for residue of pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, presence of micro-organisms, moisture,etc in Tea. We also provide Tea Product Analysis (TPA) for loose leaf, bag, sachet, and single-cup tea products. To safeguard consumers from any kind of contamination, it is imperative to screen for any kind of residue on an extensive scale, considering the possibility of their presence, during cultivation & unintended sources and their magnification during tea processing.
To facilitate this, TÜV SÜD facilitates large scale screening services through thorough evaluation and analysis of tea as per export regulations of various countries and for domestic compliance as per FSSAI and guidelines set by Tea Board of India.
Some of the characteristics of Tea that are tested and analysed to check if they fall within the standard requirement are as follows :-
Tea Quality testing is crucial for maintaining tea quality throughout the stages of growing to packaging, as per the regulations and standards of the market. Also, maintaining the right quality will boost export opportunities and will make it easy for tea producers and exporters to meet requirements of the destination countries. Different processes of analysis and evaluation services are carried out to test the tea quality.
The following are some of the evaluation methods conducted :-
It is a scientific method to analyse and understand the aroma, taste, flavour and colour to check for any improvements if required.
Microbial testing is done to check the presence of pathogens and micro-organisms in the tea. The test looks for a presence of yeast, mold, Coliform, E. Coli, Salmonella to name a few. This test gives an indication of the cleanliness of tea.
TÜV SÜD South Asia aims at providing the best tea quality testing services that are reliable and globally renowned.
TÜV SÜD South Asia has a comprehensive tea testing facility in India following specific testing parameters.
The following are a few types that we test :-
We test almost all kinds of tea considering all tea testing parameters and a step-by-step analysis is done as per procedure and the set standards.
TÜV SÜD is a certified company providing Tea Quality Testing services in multiple countries including India. Some of the points to consider why to choose TÜV SÜD are as follows :-
Our International Recognitions
Tea is one of the most consumed beverages, and quality matters for it to have a good and constant market value. Different weather conditions help in different types of tea produce, that gives the tea its uniqueness. The uniqueness needs to be taken care of, along with parameters like physical, chemical, biological factors within permissible conditions. Any contamination will degrade the quality of the tea. To meet customer expectations every time equally, and to maintain standardization in the final product sold, Tea Quality Testing is very important.
Tea has a number of parameters for which it is evaluated. In tea quality testing, the tea is analysed in terms of its physical appearance like colour, size, flavour and taste. Also, the other analysis includes testing for any presence of chemicals, heavy metals, toxins and so on. All these tests are done as per set standards by the official body. When tea is compliant to all the set standards, it is said to be of marketable quality. Similarly, when tea quality testing meets all the set standards of the destination country it is exported to, it is said to be of export quality.
India is one of the biggest exporters of tea in the world. Different countries have varied requirements for the quality of tea they import. To understand the necessary tests that have to be performed, one has to go through the export related documents available. As per the export destination, the testing requirement varies over a number of parameters like physical factors, chemical analysis and biological analysis to name a few. When the tea quality meets the quality requirements of the destination country, it is termed to be fit for export.
TÜV SÜD has a comprehensive tea quality testing facility with safe and secure practices in India. The laboratory services at TÜV SÜD provides all kinds of analysis and evaluation services to evaluate the tea quality and marketability. Also, almost all types of tea are tested at our laboratories. A Tea Quality Testing Certificate can be obtained by availing tea testing at TÜV SÜD’s tea testing facility in India.