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#1 isom

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:24 PM

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Am Chris from kenya.

Is iron filings in tea black tea a physical or chemical hazard? 

 

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#2 Charles.C

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 01:40 AM

Hi

Am Chris from kenya.

Is iron filings in tea black tea a physical or chemical hazard? 

 

Regards

 

Chris

 

Hi Chris,

 

Answer relates to (Kenya's) MDI for Iron and limits for metallic contamination.

 

So probably both if there is a lot of it and the filings are large enough.

 

It could additionally be regarded as adulteration.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:58 PM

The USDA regards anything between 7 and 25 millimeters to be a choking hazard, so unless the filings are very large they are not a physical hazard. They would still be an adulterant since they are doubtless not listed on the ingredient statement. 


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:20 AM

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 04:31 AM

Hello,

 

It could be both. When iron react to oxygen and becomes rust could be a chemical hazard. But it depends the quantity of iron filings that mixes with your product.

 

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:46 AM

The USDA regards anything between 7 and 25 millimeters to be a choking hazard, so unless the filings are very large they are not a physical hazard. They would still be an adulterant since they are doubtless not listed on the ingredient statement. 

Hi Ken,

 

Slightly nitpicking but probably not a choking hazard. Can see the discussion around this post -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...mit/#entry86188


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