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Sri Lankan tea factories that adulterate black tea to be shut down.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, Rohan Pethiyagoda says, Sri Lankan tea factories that adulterate black tea to get higher prices will be shut down from next month. The latest abuse uncovered is factory managers adulterating their tea with sugar, a practice that everyone in the industry is concerned about, as it could damage the image of Ceylon Tea.
Detecting tea adulterated with sugar is difficult, given the several hundred chemical compounds involved. However, experienced tea tasters are able to spot it. The Tea Board has been trying to weed out factories engaged in the practice, but since tea adulterated with sugar fetches high prices, it acts as an incentive for unscrupulous factories.

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