Taipei, April 21 (CNA) The government has launched a cloud-based traceability system for domestic tea, which will allow consumers to trace the source and production of tea, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Tuesday.
The system was completed in 2014 and the COA started in January to invite the participation of tea farmers, according to Tsai Hsien-tzung, a section chief at the COA's Tea Research and Extension Station.
The COA aims to include 400 hectares of tea farms in the system by the end of this year and expand to 1,000 hectares by the end of next year, Tsai said.
The ultimate goal is to have all 15,000 tea farmers and 12,000 hectares of tea farms in the country included in the system, he said.
The traceability of tea has come under the spotlight since it was found recently that a rose tea drink, sold at a well-known tea store chain, contained traces of DDT, a long-banned insecticide that is known to cause environmental damage.
The dried rose petals were imported from Iran, but the label on the packaging showed them as being imported from Germany.
(By Yang Shu-min and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/pc