Know : Finding Adulterated Tea

Adulterated Tea
Left (Original)                                                       Right (Adulterated)

Tea is normally adulterated using re-colored used tea, waste (leftover leaves after straining the tea) is collected from tea stalls, dried in the sun, mixed with colours (water soluble coal tar dyes) and some amount of genuine tea to give it the flavour and this mixture is sold as loose tea

There is a simple test to detect if the tea has been adulterated. Take a blotting paper, wet it by sprinkling some water over it and then sprinkle the tea powder over it. If you come across yellow, orange or red spots on the blotting paper, then the tea has been adulterated by using artificial color. Pure tea leaves release color only when they are put into boiling water. Or simply add a teaspoon of tea dust to a glass of water. If you see any patches of colours(as shown in the image) then the tea is adulterated.

PS : We found this method on the internet, if you have any other methods please share it with us as a comment or a mail to Not just for Tea, for any food we eat.

3 thoughts on “Know : Finding Adulterated Tea

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  1. i keep on reading your post in propel steps…

    Thanks for sharing more valuable data..

    i am having a doubt on tea adulteration,

    How to find the adulterated tea bags ??

    Why our Government allow such kind of Adulteration .. who approve such products ???


    1. Adulterated tea bags? Simple, cut one bag of tea and test as we mentioned 😛 test a few bags, if you find it adulterated. Then take action!

      While getting initial approval they begin with good product, later they switch to mix adulterated items. Some retarded people just do it illegal without any approval.

      Food safety board exists for that purpose to inspect items randomly and bring them to justice. but still it happens :/

      Thanks Karthik 🙂


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