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Commodity Code - 63
Commodity Name - Lentil (Masur)/Masoor(Lentil)whole
Commodity Scientific Name - Lens exculenta Moench, Lens culinaris Medik, Ervum lens Linn


Moisture Foreign matter Other edible grains Damaged grains Weeviled grains
    Organic Inorganic      
Special 10 0.1 nil 0.1 0.5 2
Standard 12 0.5 0.1 0.5 2 4
General 14 0.75 0.25 3 5 6

General Characteristics:-

  1. Be the dried mature seeds of Pulse lentil (Lens exculenta Moench or Lens culinaris Medik or Ervum Lens Linn.)

  2. Be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions

  3. Be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration

  4. Be free from rodent hair and excreta;

  5. Be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as harmful to health;

  6. Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

  7. Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

Lentil shall be-

  1. Clean, wholesome, reasonably uniform in size, shape and colour characteristic to the variety.
  2. Free from obnoxious smell and fungus infestation.

Criteria for Range designation Tradable parameters Range-1 Range-2 Range-3
A Essential
i Moisture(% by wt) Max 10.0 12.0 14.0
ii Foreign matter(% by wt) Max 1.0 1.5 2.0
iii Other edible grains(% by wt) Max 1.0 2.0 3.0
iv Damaged grains(% by wt) Max 2.5 3.5 5.0
v Weevilled Grains(% by count) Max 3.0 5.0 10.0
vi Admixture (% by wt) Max 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
vii Immature & Shriveled (% by wt) Max 1.0 2.0 3.0
B Optional (Industrial/Processors)
i Uric Acid Not more than 100mg/kg
ii Aflatoxin Not more than 30 microgram/kg
iii Total of foreign matter, other edible grains and damaged grains Not more than 8 percent by weight


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

  • 250 gm shall be drawn from each selected container and shall be mixed homogenously, called as primary sample.

  • 250 gm shall be drawn from primary sample called as Laboratory sample.


  • Foreign 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.

  • Other Edible Grains means any edible grains (including oil seeds) other than the one which is under consideration.

  • Damaged Grains means grains that are sprouted or internally damaged as a result of heat, microbe, moisture or weather and mechanical injured grains in case of whole pulses.

  • Weevilled grains means grains that are partially or wholly bored by insects injurious to grains but does not include germ eaten grains and egg spotted grains.

  • Immature & Shriveled Grains means kernels or pieces of kernels that are not fully developed

  • Admixture means the presence of a variety of the same grain other than the variety in consideration.

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

Shelf Life - 12 Months

Initial Validity of e NWR - 6 Months

Extension of e NWR Validity - 3 Months

Number of Extensions - 2x3 Months

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