Which are the requirements for packaging and labeling?
There are many ways to pack natural products, depending on
the product, the buyer and the legislative requirements. Packaging
and labelling of herbal raw material is principally carried out
according to the requirements of the buyer. The exporter should
reach an agreement with the importer, as to which packaging to use.
General requirements for packaging and labeling are included in the
"Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for Medicinal
Plants", published by the World Health Organisation (www.who.org).
The raw material, after it has been tested for quality and foreign
matter, should be clean and packaged in air and lightproof
containers. Labels for raw materials should specify the material
and the batch it comes from. Furthermore, it is recommended to
include the name and address of the producer/exporter, the net
weight and recommended storage conditions.