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Commodity Code - 256
Commodity Name - Isabgol (Psyllium)
Commodity Scientific Name - Plantago ovata Forsk.


G1 (Gujarat -1), G2 (Gujarat – 2), TS-1-10, EC-124345, Niharika, Haryana Isabgol -5 (HI5), Jawahar Isabgol-4 (MIB 4), Gujarat Isabgol 2,

Isabgol Seed Specifications (IS:13678 – 1993)


  1. The isabgol shall consist of dried seeds of Plantago ovata Forsk. (Fam. Plantaginaceae).

  2. The seeds shall be cymbioform, hard, pinkish-grey to brown, smooth, from 1 mm to 3.5 mm long, and 1 mm to 1.75 mm broad and glossy with reddish-brown oval spot in the centre of the convex surface; the concave surface contains the hilum covered with a thin white membrane having two perforations, one on each side of the hilum.

  3. The material shall have a mucilaginous taste.

  4. The material shall be free from insect or fungus infestation and from fermented, musty or other objectionable odours.

  5. It shall also be free from any added colours and flavours and any harmful foreign materials and from insect and fungus infestation.

Requirements for Isabgol

Sl No Characteristic Requirement
i Moisture, percent by mass, Max 11.5
ii Total ash, percent by mass, Max 3
iii Acid insoluble ash, percent by mass 0.6
iv Mould and yeast Count, per g, Max 1000
v Salnmonella Absent ( in 10 g )
vi E. coli Absent (in 1 g)
vii Foreign Organic Matter, percent by mass 2

Isabgol (Psyllium) Husk – Agmark Grade Standards

Grade designation Colour Moisture Percent by weight maximum Organic impurities per cent by weight maximum Total Ash per cent by weight maximum Acid Insoluble ash per cent by weight maximum
1 2 3 4 5 6
Special White to Brown 11.5 2.5 2.5 0.2
Grade –I White to 11.5 7.5 2.5 0.2
Grade -II White to Brown 11.5 12.5 3.0 0.3

General Characteristics

  1. The husk shall be obtained by milling clean psyllium seeds produced in India

  2. It shall be free from extraneous matter, added colouring, matter and musty or other objectionable odour.

  3. It shall be free from insect and fungus infestation


  1. Organic impurities: Include gritty particles, broken or entire embryo, fragments of endowsperm and/or capsular wall of fruits belonging to isubgol crop.

  2. Extraneous matter: Means impurities of extraneous origin like sand, dirt or others which do not belong to the Isubgol crop.

  3. Non-specified: - This is not a grade in its strict sense, but has been provided for the produce not covered by other grades. Isubgol husk under this grade shall be exported only against a firm order from the foreign buyer indicating the quantity and quality of the produce desired.

Isabgol shall be

  1. Clean, white to off white in colour, odour less and have thin shaped structures, 2 to 3mm long and 0.5 to 1mm wide.

  2. Free from fungus infestation. Tradable parameters Range-1 Range-2 Range-3
A Essential
i Moisture(% by wt) Max 10.0 11.0 12.0
ii Extraneous matter(% by wt) Max 1.0 1.5 2.0
B Optional (Industrial/Processors)
i Total Ash(% by weight ) on dry basis 2.0 2.5 3.0
ii Acid insoluble Ash (% by weight ) on dry basis 0.1 0.2 0.3


  • 5 % or minimum one container shall be randomly selected for sampling

  • 100g Nos shall be drawn from each selected container and shall be mixed homogenously, called as primary sample

  • 200g shall be drawn from primary sample called as Laboratory sample


  • Extraneous matter includes husk, straws, weed seeds, other inedible grains, metallic pieces, sand, gravel, dirt, pebbles, stones, lumps of earth, clay, mud and animal filth etc.

Optional parameters are voluntary and may be analyzed as per buyer-seller agreement.

Total Shelf Life - 12 Months

Initial Validity of e NWR - 6 Months

Extension of e NWR Validity - 3 Months

Number of Extensions - 2*3 Months

Weight Tolerance - Loss or gain equivalent to 70% of the decrease or increase in the moisture content during storage