The aim is to develop and test user- friendly chemical characterization methods for NTFP raw materials and products in order to produce proof of quality for NTFP as premium authentic products or raw materials.

Commercial NTFP on global markets usually include quality data such as specifications for valuable components (e.g. flavonoids in birch leaves), impurities, minerals. There can be a lot of variation in the quality of natural raw materials due to many reasons such as weather conditions/climate change, storage and handling conditions and varying lengths of growing seasons. NTFP from Baltic countries are often highly valued since they are regarded as authentic and reliable. However, these properties should be proven by quality testing. If testing is not widely available and affordable for SME`s it will remain as one of the bottle necks when the aim is to increase production volumes and export of Baltic NTFP. In addition to quality assurance for purchasing agents, enterprises can prove their products to be premium by the developed characterization methods.

Recommended methods to prove quality and authenticity of plant-based products













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