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Contamination, processing, herbs - AT Austria General Standards 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard and Fromm, Elisabeth (2006) Contamination, processing, herbs - AT Austria General Standards 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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The Bio Austria General Standard has, in addition to the requirements of distance to roads and conventional fields, requirements for a fast preparation of fresh material, a fast and careful drying (normally not higher than 40 °C). The drying room should be a separate unit. The room may not contain any materials contaminated with harmful substances (e.g. treated particle board). It is forbidden to use direct heating with fuel oil, gas, coal, or wood, or dehydration through chemical additives. A batch record of drying temperatures is to be kept, which is to be made available during the annual inspection. The storage space must be protected from light, dry and as cool as possible. A humidity level of 60% and a temperature of 19 °C are recommended. Drugs must be inspected regularly and the storage areas kept clean. Storage areas are to be kept separate from processing areas. (BA-Rules chapter 4.2.2, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.7, 4.2.8)


The EU Regulation 2092/91 does not have such specific requirements for preparation, drying and processing of herbs, while the Bio Austria General Standard is quite detailed.


The main reason is to reach high quality products and to create high consumer confidence through a very fresh preparation/processing and a drying with care and to avoid environmental pollutants.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Special plant production standards - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Processing > Specific processing rules for product groups
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:863
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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