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Sample Schedule 6: AFLATOXIN SAMPLE SIZES

Sample sizes for all other mycotoxins can be found in CP7307.001 Domestic & Import Mycotoxin Compliance Program
PRODUCT SAMPLE SIZES FOR AFLATOXIN ANALYSIS
(Includes 702(b) [21U.S.C. 372(b)] portion - each sample unit, contains product for the reserve portion, no duplicate subs are necessary)
NOTE: COMPLIANCE SAMPLE SIZES MAY DIFFER FROM SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE SIZES.

PRODUCT PACKAGE TYPE LOT SIZE NUMBER OF SAMPLE UNITS* UNIT SIZE (minimum) TOTAL SAMPLE SIZE (minimum)
Peanut Butter (smooth) Consumer or bulk NA 24 225 g (8 oz) 5.4 kg (12 lbs)
12 454 g (1 lb) 5.4 kg (12 lbs)
Peanut Butter (Crunchy) Peanuts shelled roasted, or unroasted, Peanuts ground for topping Consumer or bulk NA SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE
10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lb)
COMPLIANCE SAMPLE
48 454 g (1 lb) 21.8 kg (48 lbs)
Peanuts, roasted in shell (only for domestic runner variety) Consumer or bulk NA SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE
15 454 g (1 lb) 6.8 kg (15 lbs)
COMPLIANCE SAMPLE
75 454 g (1 lb) 34 kg (75 lbs)
Tree nuts (except in-shell Brazil Nuts and all pistachio nuts in import status) shelled, in-shell slices, pieces, or flour Consumer or bulk NA SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE
10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lb)
COMPLIANCE SAMPLE
50 454 g (1 lb) 22.7 kg (50 lbs)
Tree nuts - paste     12 454 g (1 lb) 5.4 kg (12 lbs)
Brazil Nuts in-shell (in import status) " Bulk < 200 bags 201-800"
801-2000"
20
40
60
454 g (1 lb) 9 kg(20 lbs)
18 kg (40 lbs)
27 kg (60 lbs)
Pistachio nuts in-shell (in import status) Bulk multiples of 34,100 kg (75,000 lbs) 20 % of units --- 50 lbs for each
multiple of 34,100 kg
(75,000 lbs) or less
Pistachio nuts shelled (in import status)   SAME SAME --- 25 lbs for each
multiple of 34,100 kg
(75,000 lbs) or less
Corn - shelled, meal flour or grits Consumer or bulk NA 10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
           
Oil seed meals - Peanut meal, cottonseed meal Bulk NA 20 454 g (1 lb) 9 kg (20 lbs)
Edible seeds** melon pumpkin, sesame, etc Bulk NA SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE
10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lb)
COMPLIANCE SAMPLE
50 454 g (1 lb) 22.7 kg (50 lb)
Ginger Root dried whole Bulk "n" units Sq root "n" --- 6.8 kg (15 lbs)
ground Consumer NA 16 16-28 g (1 oz) 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
Milk - whole, skim low fat Consumer NA 10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
  Bulk NA --- --- 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
Small grains - wheat sorghum, barley, etc Bulk NA 10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lbs)
Dried fruit** - e.g.: Figs Consumer or bulk NA SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE
10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lb)
COMPLIANCE SAMPLE
50 454 g (1 lb) 22.7 kg (50 lb)
Mixtures containing commodities susceptible to mycotoxin contamination Consumer NA      
Commodity particles relatively large     50 454 g (1 lb) 22.7 kg (50 lbs)
Commodity particles relatively small     10 454 g (1 lb) 4.5 kg (10 lbs)

 

NOTE: Containers for samples of unprocessed, intact nuts, seeds, or grains must be sufficiently porous to provide for dissipation of moisture produced by respiration of the nut, seed, or grain.
* To be collected from as many random sites in the lot as possible. For surveillance samples, you may combine subs prior to shipping to the laboratory. For compliance samples, you must maintain sub integrity.
** Optional sampling program for seeds or dried fruit with a low incidence of contamination. Take initial 10 x 454 g (1 lb) sample. If any aflatoxin is detected, resample 50 x 454 g (1 lb) sample for determination of contamination level on which to base regulatory judgment.