• Each package2 must bear the following particulars, in letters grouped on the same side, legibly and indelibly marked, and visible from the outside:
  • In the case of packed produce, all particulars must be grouped on the same side of the package, either on a label attached to or printed on the package, with water–insoluble ink.
  • In the case of reused packages, all previous labels must be carefully removed and/or previous indications deleted.


  • Packer and/or Dispatcher/shipper :-  Name and physical address (e.g. street/city/region/ postal code and, if different from the country of origin, the country) or a code mark officially recognized by the national authority.
  • For inspection purposes, the packer is the person or firm responsible for the packaging of the produce (this does not mean the staff that actually carry out the work, who are responsible only to their employer). The code mark is not a trademark, but an official control system enabling the person or firm responsible for packaging to be readily identified. The dispatcher (shipper or exporter) may assume sole responsibility , in which case identification of the “packer” as defined above is optional.

Nature of produce

  • “Asparagus” followed by the indication “white”, “violet”, “violet/ green”, or “green” if the contents of the package are not visible from the outside;
  • “Short” or “tips” where appropriate;
  • “Mixture of asparagus”, or equivalent denomination, in the case of a mixture of distinctly different colours of asparagus. If the produce is not visible from the outside, the coulours and the quantity of each in the package must be indicated.
  • The word “Asparagus”, followed by the indication of the colour group need only be stated on closed packages, whose contents are not visible from the outside.
  • The following indications must, where appropriate, be stated on the package:
    • “mixture white and violet”
    • “short”
    • “tips”

Origin of produce

  • Country of origin4 and, optionally, district where grown, or national, regional or local place name.
  • Marking must include the country of origin, i.e. the country in which the asparagus were grown (e.g. Holland). Optionally, district of origin in national, regional or local terms may also be shown.
  • In the case of a mixture of distinctly different colours of asparagus of different origins, the indication of each country of origin shall appear next to the name of the colour concerned.

Commercial specifications

  • Class; Stating the class is compulsory.
  • Size expressed:
    • For asparagus subject to the uniformity rules as minimum and maximum diameters;
    • For asparagus not subject to the uniformity rules, as minimum diameter followed by maximum diameter or the words “and over”;
  • The number of bundles or the number of unit packages for asparagus packed in bundles or unit packages.

Official control mark (optional)