The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency in the United States responsible for protecting public health through the control and supervision of food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biological products, and other product categories.
For the sampling of bulk materials, especially when it involves food, feed, or pharmaceutical products, the FDA establishes specific standards and procedures that must be followed. These may include requirements for the methods of sampling, the minimum number of samples to be taken, and the way in which these samples are to be analyzed.
The FDA has specific guidelines for the sampling of bulk materials such as grains, dairy products, meat and poultry, spices, additives, and other food or pharmaceutical ingredients. These guidelines are set out in Compliance Policy Guides (CPGs) and other regulatory documents.
If a company wants to export products to the USA, it must comply with FDA standards, which means that it must carry out the sampling and analysis according to FDA guidelines. Therefore, the FDA has a significant impact on how the sampling of bulk materials is conducted worldwide.
It is important to note that compliance with FDA guidelines is a necessity but may not represent all requirements that a company must meet. Other countries may have their own standards and guidelines that must also be considered.