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Sample Schedule 9: SAMPLING SCHEDULE FOR COLOR CONTAINING PRODUCTS & COLOR ADDITIVES

The following schedule provides general guidance for collecting samples of foods and cosmetics to determine whether non-permitted colors are present, rather than to determine the actual level of a particular color. This schedule was developed with the assumption that color distribution in the lot will be homogeneous. In the case of heterogeneous products, your supervisor should contact Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Field Programs, Division of Enforcement (HFS-605) to determine sample size.

INDUSTRY CODE SAMPLE SIZE
(DO NOT COMMINGLE CODES) (Min. 225g (8 oz)/pkg Unless otherwise specified)
GRAIN AND BAKING
02 Whole grains, Milled Grain Products and Starch 2 retail packages
03 Bakery Products, Doughs, Bakery Mixes, and Icings 2 retail packages
04 Macaroni and Noodle Products 2 retail packages
05 Cereal Preparations Breakfast Foods 2 retail packages
07 Snack Food Items (Flour, Meal, or Vegetable Base) 2 retail packages
DAIRY
09 Milk, Butter, and Dried Milk Pdts Liquid Pdts: 2 pts where possible
Solid: 2 packages
12 Cheese and Cheese Products 2 retail packages
13 Ice Cream and Related Products 6 items per sample (If item is single serving; i.e., cup, popsicle, bar, etc.) 2 pt containers where possible, or 1 quart or 1/2 gal
14 Filled Milk and Imitation Milk Products 2 pints
EGGS
15 Egg and Egg Pdts 2 dozen whole eggs (e.g. colored hard boiled Easter eggs)
2 retail pkg of egg pdts
FISH
16 Fishery/Seafood Pdts 2 retail packages. Any collection of smoked salmon should be selective, based on inspectional evidence
MEAT & SIMULATED MEAT PRODUCTS
17 Meat, Meat Products and Poultry 2 retail packages
18 Vegetable Protein Pdts 2 retail packages
FRUIT, NUT AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTS
20-22 Fruit & Fruit Pdts 2 retail packages canned or glazed.
12 fresh fruit (e.g., oranges, etc.).
23 Nuts & Edible Seeds 2 retail packages
24-25 Vegetable & Vegetable Products 2 retail packages
26 Vegetable Oils & Olive Oil Liquids - 2 pints
Solids - 2 retail packages
DRESSINGS AND SPICES
27 Dressings & Condiments 2 retail packages
28 Spices, Flavors, & Salts Extracts - 2 pints
Solids - 2 retail packages
BEVERAGES
29 Soft Drinks & Waters 6 Retail Units (Cans, Bottles, Packets)
30 Beverage Bases, Concentrates, and Nectars Liquids - 1 pint
Solids (Powder mix, packets) - 6 Consumer Pkg
Solids - 2/225 g (8 oz) or larger containers
31 Coffee and Tea 2 retail packages
32 Alcoholic Beverages 2 pints or 1 quart
CONFECTIONS AND DESSERTS
33 Candy w/o chocolate, Candy Specialties, and Chewing Gum 2 retail packages
34 Chocolate & Cocoa Pdts 2 retail packages
35 Gelatin, Rennet, Pudding Mixes, & Pie Fillings 6 pkgs - smallest consumer size
36 Food Sweeteners (Nutritive) 2 pints
MULTIPLE FOODS, SOUPS, SALADS, BABY FOOD AND DIETARY
37 Multiple Food Dinners Gravies, Sauces and Specialties Single Serving Dinners, etc - 4 pkgs
Two Consumer Pkgs when 1 pkg serves more than 2
38 Soups Same as 37 Above
39 Prepared Salad Products Same as 37 Above
40 Baby (Infant and Junior) Food Pdts Sufficient retail pkgs to total at least 454 g (1 lb) of food
41 Dietary Conventional Foods and Meal Replacements Same as 37 Above
COLORS AND COSMETICS
50 Color Additives for Foods Drugs, and Cosmetics 1. Straight Color 28 g (1 oz) powder.
2. Color Mixtures 110 g (4 oz) Liq, paste or powder.

If mixture contains over 50% pure dye, 55 g (2 oz) is sufficient
53 Cosmetics Four retail packages of the same lot code for each shade (color) in the product line, if the product is strongly colored. (e.g., Lipsticks, hair coloring products, eye mascara, eye liners, make up pencils of all types).
Sufficient number of retail packages to equal 1 lb or 1 pt of sample if the product is lightly colored. (e.g., creams, lotions, shampoos, bath products, shaving preparations, and perfumes).
Note: Always collect a minimum of two retail units of each product.
MISCELLANEOUS
  Bulk Items (Any bulk food or cosmetic) Dry - 454 g (1 lb)
Liquid - Min 36 fl oz