The Food Safety wing has warned the public against using a brand of packed tea – Amurtham Premium Tea – which comes in a red packing, as it has been found to contain artificial colours, flavours, and additives.
Food Safety officials have seized 1,500 kg of this brand of tea from the godowns in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam by following up with the distributors of this brand.
They said the tea was “used tea,” to which artificial colour and flavours had been added The tea has been found to be widely used by hotels, canteens, and street-side tea shops in many parts of the State. Officials said the details of the manufacturing company and address given on the pack have been found to be fake. The Commissioner of Food Safety has appealed to the public to contact the Food Safety wing – 89433 46526 / 89433 46529 / 89433 46198 – if they find the particular brand of tea being used.