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Commodity Code - 958
Commodity Name - Tejpata/ Tezpat (Bay Leaves)
Commodity Scientific Name - Cinnamomum tamala, Nees and Eberm/ Laurus nobilis


Grade designation Extraneous matter, per cent by mass (maximum) Shriveled, damaged and discolored leaves, per cent by mass(maximum) Cut leaves per cent by mass (maximum) Insect bored and diseased leaves, per cent by mass (maximum) Twigs, leaf stalk, per cent by mass (maximum) Moisture, content, per cent by mass (maximum) Volatile oil ml/100 gms. (maximum)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Grade I 0.25 5.0 10.0 5.0 5.0 10.0 1.5
Grade II 0.5 7.0 15.0 10.0 7.0 10.0 1.0
Grade III 1.0 10.0 20.0 15.0 15.0 10.0 0.5
Not Specified - - - - - - -

General Characteristics

Tejpat shall,-

  1. be the sun dried leaves of the tree botanically known as “Cinnamomum tamala, Nees and Eberm” of family lauraceae

  2. be clean, wholesome, fresh and generally conform to the shape, size color and aroma according to the characteristics of the commodity

  3. be free from musty odour, off-flavor, mould growth, insect infestation, rodent contamination and other impurities except to the extent as indicated in this Schedule

  4. be free from added colouring matter and admixture of leaves other than Tejpat

  5. be in sound merchantable condition and fit for human consumption in all respects

  6. comply with specifications prescribed under the relevant rules, in case of application on ECO MARK for this commodity

  7. comply with the restrictions in regard to aflatoxin. Metallic and other naturally occurring toxic substance contamination, insecticide residues and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955.

*Non specified: This is not a regular grade but has been provided to meet such specific requirements of the buyer which are not covered under any of the regular grade. This grade shall be allowed for export against & specific order from the foreign buyer indicating the quality and quantity of the produce.


  1. Extraneous matter-means stones, dust, other dirt and all organic and vegetable maters not of Tejpat origin.

  2. Damaged, discoloured and shrivelled leaves-means leaves that are damaged or discoloured or not property developed which materially affect the quality, shrivelled leaves do not include small and tender leaves.

  3. Inspect board and diseased leaves that are partly or wholly bored or eaten by insects or diseased which materially affect the quality.

Tejpat shall be

  1. Clean, wholesome, reasonably uniform in size, shape and colour characteristic to the variety.

  2. Free from obnoxious smell and fungus infestation. Tradable parameters Range-1 Range-2 Range-3
A Essential
i Appearance Superior Very Good Good
ii Defects(% by weight) (Max) 1.0 10.0 Above 10.0
iii Range Acceptance (%) 95% 90% 85%
iv Colour Light Green Slight Brown Brown


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

  • 50g shall be drawn from each selected container and shall be mixed homogenously, called as primary sample.

  • 50g shall be drawn from primary sample called as Laboratory sample.


  • Damage means leaves that are internally damaged as a result of heat, microbe, moisture or weather and mechanical injury.

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