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#1 The Food Scientist

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:20 PM

Hi everyone!

 

Not sure if posted in correct area.

 

We repack whole dried chili peppers. We receive them in bulk and repack in smaller bags and ship to customers/retail

 

We want to do the filth test/extraneous material, where we want to check for any insects live or dead. I contacted our lab and they and we are trying to figure how much would the representative sample be? Because I informed them we want a certain percentage in a certain weight. But I am not really familiar with how much to send them. and I am trying to research it.

 

Does anyone have perhaps any FDA reference/ guide on the acceptable amount/specification of allowed insects in a certain weight?

 

Thanks!


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:24 PM

https://www.fda.gov/...levels-handbook

 

Don't know about dried chili peppers though...



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:15 PM

https://www.fda.gov/...levels-handbook

 

Don't know about dried chili peppers though...

 

I would think it falls under "Capsicum pods".

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:57 PM

Sorry, don't want to gross anyone out, but everytime I hear about dry chili peppers, this is all I can think of, everytime.

 

Warning, pretty gross content for you food safety buffs!

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=6PqeU8Hirno



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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:54 AM

Hi everyone!

 

Not sure if posted in correct area.

 

We repack whole dried chili peppers. We receive them in bulk and repack in smaller bags and ship to customers/retail

 

We want to do the filth test/extraneous material, where we want to check for any insects live or dead. I contacted our lab and they and we are trying to figure how much would the representative sample be? Because I informed them we want a certain percentage in a certain weight. But I am not really familiar with how much to send them. and I am trying to research it.

 

Does anyone have perhaps any FDA reference/ guide on the acceptable amount/specification of allowed insects in a certain weight?

 

Thanks!

 

You need to consult the current FDA DAL publication.

 

https://www.fda.gov/...levels-handbook

 

The regulatory levels for ca.2000 are illustrated/tabulated in the attachment in this post -

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...mit/#entry86188

(see pg 375, Table 8)

 

Also see this Post -

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...e-2#entry140122


Edited by Charles.C, 14 January 2020 - 05:03 AM.
added 1st URL

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Charles.C


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