Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

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 CODESAMPLE SIZE
(DO NOT COMMINGLE CODES) (Min. 225 g (8 oz)/pkg Unless otherwise specified)
GRAIN AND BAKING
02Whole grains, Milled Grain Products and Starch2 retail packages
03Bakery Products, Doughs, Bakery Mixes, and Icings2 retail packages
04Macaroni and Noodle Products2 retail packages
05Cereal Preparations Breakfast Foods2 retail packages
07Snack Food Items (Flour, Meal, or Vegetable Base)2 retail packages
DAIRY
09Milk, Butter, and Dried Milk PdtsLiquid Pdts: 2 pts where possible
Solid: 2 packages
12Cheese and Cheese Products2 retail packages
13Ice Cream and Related Products6 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
14Filled Milk and Imitation Milk Products2 pints
EGGS
15Egg and Egg Pdts2 dozen whole eggs (e.g. colored hard boiled Easter eggs)
2 retail pkg of egg pdts
FISH
16Fishery/Seafood Pdts2 retail packages. Any collection of smoked salmon should be selective, based on inspectional evidence
MEAT & SIMULATED MEAT PRODUCTS
17Meat, Meat Products and Poultry2 retail packages
18Vegetable Protein Pdts2 retail packages
FRUIT, NUT AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTS
20-22Fruit & Fruit Pdts2 retail packages canned or glazed.
12 fresh fruit(e.g., oranges, etc.).
23Nuts & Edible Seeds2 retail packages
24-25Vegetable & Vegetable Products2 retail packages
26Vegetable Oils & Olive OilLiquids - 2 pints
Solids - 2 retail packages
DRESSINGS AND SPICES
27Dressings & Condiments2 retail packages
28Spices, Flavors & SaltsExtracts - 2 pints
Solids - 2 retail packages
BEVERAGES
29Soft Drinks & Waters6 Retail Units (Cans, Bottles, Packets)
30Beverage Bases, Concentrates, and NectarsLiquids - 1 pint
Solids (Powder mix, packets) - 6 Consumer Pkg
Solids - 2/225 g (8 oz) or larger containers
31Coffee and Tea2 retail packages
32Alcoholic Beverages2 pints or 1 quart
CONFECTIONS AND DESSERTS
33Candy w/o chocolate, Candy Specialties, and Chewing Gum2 retail packages
34Chocolate& Cocoa Pdts2 retail packages
35Gelatin, Rennet, Pudding Mixes, & Pie Fillings6 pkgs - smallest consumer size
36Food Sweeteners(Nutritive)2 pints
MULTIPLE FOODS, SOUPS, SALADS, BABY FOOD AND DIETARY
37Multiple Food Dinners Gravies, Sauces and SpecialtiesSingle Serving Dinners, etc - 4 pkgs
Two Consumer Pkgs when 1 pkg serves more than 2
38SoupsSame as 37 Above
39Prepared Salad ProductsSame as 37 Above
40Baby (Infant and Junior) Food PdtsSufficient retail pkgs to total at least 454 g (1 lb) of food
41Dietary Conventional Foods and Meal ReplacementsSame as 37 Above
COLORS AND COSMETICS
50Color Additives for Foods Drugs, and Cosmetics1. Straight Color 28g (1 oz) powder.
2. Color Mixtures 110g(4 oz) Liq, paste or powder.

If mixture contains over 50% pure dye, 55g (2oz) is sufficient
53CosmeticsFour 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 - 454g(1 lb)
Liquid - Min 36 fl oz

 

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