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‘RIZE TEA’ GETS GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION!

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has registered the tea produced in the Black Sea province of Rize as a “geographically indicated product” after 98 years from its first production in 1924.

“Companies that want to use the registration emblem have to fulfill some quality parameters for the entire production and packaging process,” said Mehmet Erdoğan, the head of Rize Commodity Exchange, which applied for registration.

Mehmet Erdoğan

He pointed out that the criteria include extract, moisture content, water dissolution, and taste and color, for which the figures were determined and a lower limit was set.

The products that meet the quality limit will be given the right to use geographical registration indication, while this practice will carry the quality upwards, Erdoğan said.

“We can say that it is the most comprehensive work on Turkish tea to date. Being able to do this is a source of pride for us,” Erdoğan said.

“With the registration, we will ensure that the perception of Turkish tea in the world, especially Rize tea, goes up,” he added.

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