FSSAI revises the Scheme of Testing and Inspection for milk

Jan 21, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on January 10, 2020, has revised the Scheme of Testing and Inspection to be followed by dairy processing plants for monitoring of internal controls to ensure safe and good quality supply of milk and milk products to consumers. FSSAI vide Order dated October 13, 2019 had introduced a Standardized Scheme of Testing and mandated all dairy processing plants to follow for monitoring purpose. The dairy establishments shall test raw milk in process and finished products for adulterants, hygiene indicators, microbial contaminants and safety parameters like pesticides, antibiotics, aflatoxins etc. a scheduled frequency. The establishments shall ensure that the samplers have adequate knowledge of sampling of raw and processed milk from different locations as per the scheme. The scheme stipulates the minimum sampling points, tests methods and frequency of sampling. The dairy processing establishments shall have a well-equipped in-house laboratory for testing microbiology and other chemical parameters. The testing shall be done by qualified and trained laboratory personnel. The training must be done by qualified and trained laboratory personnel. All the establishments shall maintain all the test records at least for a period of one year in addition to the documents and records listed under the FSS (Licensing and Registration) Regulations, 2011. In case any non-compliance is reported and deviation can be corrected without affecting the safety and quality of milk, it should be re-processed and again tested to ensure that re-processed milk conforms to all the requirements.

FSSAI had received representations from various stakeholders regarding the implementation of the scheme. Thus, FSSAI has revised the Scheme (Annexure, Page 4) which every dairy processing plants should follow for monitoring of internal controls to ensure safe and good quality supply of milk and milk products to consumers.


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