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India raises concerns with EU, Russia over tea exports.
Jul 26, 2021

India has raised concerns at the European Union’s decision to classify dye-making chemical anthraquinone as a pesticide, calling it a non-tariff barrier that has hit tea exports to the trade bloc.
 
The government has asked the EU to share the scientific basis for setting the maximum residue level for imported tea, its sampling and testing methodology, and the international standards on which such assessment is based.
 
The EU has set a maximum residue limit (MRL) of 0.02 mg per kg for tea. India argued that anthraquinone is a naturally occurring pollutant or a hydrocarbon and not a pesticide, after various tea importers from the EU conducted tests across plantations in India.
    

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