The benefits of tea on the health front should be widely propagated, said the Deputy Director, Tea Board, Hari Prakash, at Gudalur on Wednesday.

Presiding over a programme jointly organised by the Tea Board and the Gudalur-based Centre for Consumer, Human Resource and Environment Protection, he said that children in particular should be made aware of the medicinal properties of tea. They should be taken to tea factories.

Stringent and sustained action by the Tea Board has to a significant extent tackled problems relating to tea adulteration, he added.

The frequent raids conducted by Tea Board officials have produced good results.

The Tahsildar, Pandhalur Inasimuthu, who inaugurated the programme, said that tea growers should always keep in mind that if the quality of their produce improves, the quality of their life would also improve.

Officer in-charge of Food Safety R.V. Ravi said that duplicate items can be easily identified.

The President, Centre for Consumer, Human Resource and Environment Protection, S. Sivasubramaniam, said that a series of meetings would be held with the help of the Tea Board to promote tea among children.