The FSSAI has issued a notice inviting comments from stakeholders on the revised ‘Manual of Methods of Analysis of Foods’ approved by the Scientific Panel on Methods of Sampling and Analysis for Cereals and Cereal Products.

The method approved for cereal is a gravimetric method and applicable to wheat, maize, jowar, unprocessed whole raw pulses, oats, finger millet, whole and decorticated pearl millet grains (Bajra), chia seeds, whole or shelled (de-husked) or split pulses, Lentil (Masur), black gram (Urd), green gram (Moong), bengal gram (Chana or Chickpea) or Kabuli chana or Chole or (green chickpea) hara chana, peas dry (Matra) , soybean, rajmah, lobia or black-eyed beans or black eyed white Lobia, and moth.

Also, methods applicable for tea, kangra tea, green tea, instant tea, coffee, soluble coffee powder, decaffeinated roasted and ground coffee, decaffeinated soluble coffee powder, chicory and coffee – chicory mixture form and decaffeinated coffee – chicory mixture were also revised and issued for inviting comments from the stakeholders.

Besides, the other revised methods approved by the Scientific Panel include quantification of Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) at 0.5 PPB LOQ Level (with respect to the Sample) by using LC-MS/MS method, quantification of Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) at 10 PPB LOQ Level (with respect to the Sample) by using LC-MS/MS in Fortified Rice, quantification of Iron at 10 PPM LOQ Level (with respect to the Sample) by using ICP-MS, determination of Vitamin A in Edible Oil and Fats wherein the limit of quantification is 0.1 mg/kg, determination of gamma oryzanol content in rice bran oil as well as other vegetable oils, and determination of Vitamin D2 and D3 in Edible oils and Fats with limit of quantification is 10 µg/kg were also issued by the food authority.

FSSAI says that the comments and suggestions with supporting scientific evidence would be considered.