Substandard tea store raided
Over 200,000 kgs tea unfit for human consumption
Special Task Force (STF) and Criminal Investigation Department
officials raided a tea store where substandard tea was packeted and
exported to foreign countries yesterday.
Police and CID officers test the tea during the raid.
Picture by Thushara Fernando
The officials also nabbed a consignment of tea weighing over 200,000
kilograms, unfit for human consumption.
The value of this consignment was over Rs 12 million. According to
STF officials, the store rooms had not been registered with the Sri
Lanka Tea Board.
This tea store was exporting 1,000 kilos of tea 15 times a month. Sri
Lanka Tea Board officials were not aware of this factory. The store
purchased tea waste from factories in Welamboda, Gampola. The Sri Lanka
Tea Board is conducting tests to verify the quality of tea.
Investigations are being carried out under the guidance of CID DIG