First post, so I hope it is in the correct place.
I have recently started a new position in which I running the QA side of things for a Nutraceutical supplier in the UK. We source and purchase raw materials and finished products from around the world (mostly China) to sell onto our customers. I am a little out of my depth so any guidance would be appreciated!
They are wanting a sampling process put in place and after reading a bunch of information, I am still a little confused. I have read Regulation 333/2007 which outlines the requirements for heavy metal sampling in foodstuffs. It states that the aggregate sample should be 1kg/1 litre and table 3 highlights the number of incremental samples required. Is this what we should be following? The samples would be for micro and heavy metals and retained.
Currently, small samples are sent from our suppliers to the UK and we send them off for testing and retain some. However, the weights aren't measured. Does this mean we need to test the sample they send and retain some, then sample the product again when it finally arrives and retain it for any future needs?
Again, any guidance AT ALL would be appreciated.