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20 May, 2013 10:20 AM Source: Lanka Business Online - LBO
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A delegation of Iraqi officials have called for tighter controls on exports of Sri Lankan tea to stop refuse tea from entering their country and also complained about production processes at factories, the trade ministry said.

Sabah Azeez Hasan, deputy director general at Iraqi ministry of science and technology had produced samples of refuse tea found in Baghdad markets branded as Pure Ceylon Tea during a meeting with commerce minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

The commerce ministry quoting Export Development Board data said Iraq was the fifth largest destination for Ceylon Tea importing 82.95 million US dollars of tea and about 70 percent of tea imported to Iraq was from Sri Lanka.

The delegation from Iraq included Zainab Lateef, director, Iraqi automated analysis division), Lateefa Mourad, chair, chemistry division of Iraqi food industry department), Salim Adid Ali Biologist, food industry department) and Nagham Dhafir, biologist, Iraqi standards division.

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Officials from Sri Lanka's EDB, customs and Tea Board had been at the meeting on May 16. More...

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