Vide Circular dated 25th November 2019, the Regulatory Compliance Division (RCD) of FSSAI had advised the coming into force of the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations 2018, with effect from 1st July 2019. All the provisions of these Regulations would now have to be met by all Food Business Operators (FBOs).
The Circular informed that Salt Manufacturers’ Associations had approached the FSSAI with requests for exemption from meeting the upper level Iodine Content in Iodized and Iron Fortified Iodized Salts as prescribed in these Regulations.
The concerns of the Salt manufacturers were considered by the Scientific Panel and it was recommended by the Panel that FSSAI frame guidelines on sampling of salts such that FBOs are not taken to task for stray cases of samples not meeting the Standards.
Accordingly, a Sampling Plan for Salt was drawn up and is attached herewith for use by the Food Safety Officers while analyzing salt samples.
SAMPLING PLAN FOR SALT
(for production and/or bulk storage area only)
A ) General Guidelines for Sampling :
- A single sample for laboratory analysis shall be of minimum 500 g each
- Precaution is required to avoid contact of samples with moisture or moist areas
- The glass bottles (preferably amber coloured) or PET jars be used for sending the samples to laboratory to avoid deterioration of iodine due to light
- FSO will make sure that the samples are coded properly and the label, if any, is masked in such a way to hide the identity of the FBO
- If needed, the FSO may take the help of laboratory personnel while picking up the samples ; the responsibility of the sampling, however, shall lie with the FSO only.
FSO shall decide whether to pick samples from Production Line or from the stacked area.
For procedure for sampling please visit: fssai.gov.in