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Tea is a beverage produced predominantly in south and east Asia from leaves of a shrub. It was a principal item of trade in the colonial era. In India the principal tea-growing region is Assam in the northeast where Amalgamated Plantations, APPL, grows tea for Tata Global Beverages which owns the Tetley brand. About 18% of the world's tea is grown in Assam by low-wage workers under poor working conditions. Plantations in India are governed by the Plantations Labour Act, which requires that tea workers be provided housing and other minimum benefits. As of 2014 pay for tea workers in Assam, who are predominantly tribal members imported during the colonial era from central India, is about $1.50 a day.

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