May 12, 2009 11:34
Green tea from Boseong County has won an "organic" certification from the Control Union World Group in the Netherlands, which means it is now officially additive-free and natural for the purposes of the European Union, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Japan Agricultural Standards.
After careful screening, 18 out of 19 green tea farms that applied were granted certification. The farms account for 11 percent of the green tea growing farms in Boseong, where there are currently 1,363.
Boseong so far only exports green tea to the U.S., but it expects the certification will allow it to expand to other parts of the world. Already Boseong signed a memorandum of understanding with five companies in Germany and France to export green tea, but the lack of a certificate meant no exports have happened yet.
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