Wouldn’t it be nice to see this applied to Long Jing green tea, or Taiwan High Mountain Oolong, or Bi Luo Chun, just to name a few. China does have Origin certifications, but they are ineffective and only are issued on packaged tea not bulk. It will be a long time coming if the tea industry continues to feel as if supply chain concealment is a basic trade secret right.
BRUSSELS: India may become only the second non-European country to gain European Union brand-name protection for one of its most famous exports —
“When we consider that more ‘Darjeeling tea’ is produced outside India than in the Darjeeling region — some estimates put the figure of false Darjeeling — at three times the amount of genuine product, it is easy to understand why,” a Commission background paper said.
Somewhat bizarrely, an objection to the tea designation may come from the French lingerie company Darjeeling, officials say.