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Explanations called from 53 factories for Mixing sugar into tea.

Explanations have been called from 53 tea factory owners who were suspected of mixing sugar and glucose with tea during the threshing process, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board Rohan Pethiyagoda said.

They have been given a weeks deadline to send in their reasons for doing so, which ends on Tuesday (20), he said.

Pethiyagoda said that they had raided 80 tea factories in Ratnapura, Galle, Matara and 53 factories of them which were found to be engaging in this illegal practice.

'If they are found guilty of mixing sugar or glucose with tea action will be taken to cancel their license.'

He said that there is a thought process among tea factory owners that by adding sugar with tea during the threshing process the tea turns black thereby allowing them to sell the tea at a higher price to the market.

Pethiyagoda said, tea that is produced like that gathers mould and what is even more disturbing it also produces a cancerous carcinogen which produces aflatoxin.

He warned that such illegal practices could do great damage to the image of 'Ceylon Tea' which has built a name for itself in the world market.

Pethiyagoda said that they found 14 tea factories guilty of engaging in this illegal practice last year and their licenses had been suspended for three months.

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