FSSAI Food Testing Procedure
FSSAI Food Testing Procedure
In order to ensure the quality and safety of any food products, food sampling or food analysis can be ordered and carried out by an FSSAI Office. For a food analysis, a sample food product would be drawn, packed, sealed and sent to an authorised lab to analyse the quality and safety of the food product. In this article, we look at the procedures to be followed during a FSSAI food testing procedure.
Procedure Involved in FSSAI Testing
If a food sample is drawn by a FSSAI officer, the following procedures must be followed during the sample collection process:
Signature of Witnesses
The Food Saftey officer should call for one or more witnesses while taking the sample piece and obtain a signature from them in all related forms and documents.
Notice to the Business Operator
If the product has been obtained from the manufacturer or supplier, a notice in Form V-A shall be issued to them. When a product is drawn from an open container, the person drawing the sample should draw another sample from a container in original condition bearing the same declaration and intimate the same to the Food Analyst.
Payment for the Sample
The Food Safety Officer should pay the cost of the sample to the person from whom it was drawn. The cost should be the calculated at the rate at which the product is sold to the public.
Packing of Sample
The sample food for the analysis should be taken in clean dry bottles or jars or in a container which should be sealed properly to prevent leakage, evaporation and to avoid entrance of moisture. In case of selecting an already packed product as a sample, no further sealing is required.
Labelling the Package
The package should be properly labelled and should bear the following requirements:
- Code of the sample
- Name of the sender with his official designation
- Date and place of collection
- Nature of the product that has been sent for analysis
- Nature and quantity of preservative added to the sample
Sealing of package
The sample should be divided into 4 parts and each part should be sealed and wrapped using strong paper. The ends of the paper should be folded and affixed. Further, a paper slip that covers bottom to the top of the container, bearing the signature of the designated officer, should be pasted on the wrapper.
The signature or thumb impression of the person from whom the sample has been taken should be affixed in such a way that both paper slip and the wrapper bears part of the signature or the thumb impression. The paper cover should be further protected by means of strong thread above and across the jar. The knots of the thread should be covered by means of wax bearing the impression of the seal of the sender.
Dispatch of the Package
The containers of the samples shall be dispatched in the following manner:
- The sealed container of one part of the sample along with the memorandum in Form VI should be sent to the Food Analyst.
- The second and third parts of the sample along with two copies of the memorandum in Form VI should be sent to the Designated Officer.
- The fourth part of the sample along with a copy of the memorandum in Form VI should be sent to an accredited laboratory along with prescribed fee.
On receipt of the food sample, the authorised FSSAI lab would analyse the quality and safety of the sample food product and pass the final decision.