Objects of The German Tea Association:
The task of the association is to safeguard and promote its members' particular interests relating to the import, manufacture, packaging and/or marketing of tea (Camellia sinensis, Linnaeus, O. Kuntze) in all its varieties and forms of presentation at practical and political level.
Focus of activities:
The German Tea Association focuses on issues relating to food law, quality control and nutritional aspects of tea.
Main food law issues are: Labelling, compounds in tea, flavourings and extracts, specifications for organic food, Guidelines of the „Deutsches Lebensmittelbuch" for tea, herbal infusions, extracts and preparations thereof.
Quality control issues are of central importance and are handled in close co-operation with the tea producing countries. The German Tea Association has adopted a Code of Practice for Quality Control to which all members have committed themselves. This Code contains guidelines for sampling and minimum requirements for analysing tea for pesticide residues. The association regularly monitors tea for residues of plant protective substances and has set up a comprehensive data base for this purpose.
In addition, the association disseminates information on all aspects of tea and latest market developments.
35 full members and 22 associate members.
Messrs. Ostfriesische Teegesellschaft Laurens Spethmann GmbH & Co. KG
Maximilian Wittig, state certified food chemist
Dr. Monika Beutgen, attorney at law
Dr. Julia Biller, state certified food chemist,
Cordelia Kraft, M.Sc. nutritional sciences
Public Relations Manager:
Christina Claußen, Christiane Hillesheim-Behrens
The German Tea Association is a member of
The "Tea and Science" bulletin (W.I.T.) is issued by the German Tea Association once a year and presents latest research and essays on nutritional aspects, health benefits, history and social aspects of tea. Summaries of all articles in English are available.