• The contents of each package (or each bundle in the same package) must be uniform and contain only asparagus of the same origin, quality, colour group and size (if sized).
  • However, a mixture of asparagus of distinctly different colours may be packed together in a package, provided they are uniform in quality and, for each colour concerned, in origin.
  • The visible part of the contents of the package or bundle must be representative of the entire contents.
  • Presentation should not be misleading, i.e. concealing in the lower layers of the package produce inferior in quality and size to that displayed and marked.


  • Asparagus must be packed in such a way as to protect the produce properly.
  • Packages must be of a quality, strength and characteristic to protect the produce during transport and handling.
  • The materials used inside the package must be clean and of a quality such as to avoid causing any external or internal damage to the produce. The use of materials, particularly of paper or stamps bearing trade specifications, is allowed provided the printing or labelling has been done with non–toxic ink or glue.
  • This provision is designed to ensure suitable protection of the produce by means of materials inside the package which are new and clean and also to prevent foreign bodies such as leaves, sand or soil from spoiling its good presentation.
  • Packages must be free of all foreign matter.
  • A visible lack of cleanliness in several packages could result in the goods being rejected.