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7.3 Analytical standards testing

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Quality Assured Pork Sausages / Quality and technical standards

7.3.1 The site shall have documented analytical sampling plans and testing regime in place for the routine monitoring of the analytical compliance of all finished product. The scope shall cover those approved products listed on the BMPA Quality Assured Pork Sausage certificate of conformity and assessed against the requirements of this module and the product specification agreed with the customer. 

7.3.2 The analytical content of each recipe type shall be verified against the finished product specification at least monthly in the following areas:

  • Meat content
  • Fat content
  • Salt
  • Sulphur dioxide

7.3.3 Where non-conformance is highlighted, there shall be evidence that this is subject to investigation, trend analysis and specific corrective actions.


Due to the calculated values used during chemical analysis occasional out of specification results due occur. Non-conformance only occurs where a trend of out of specification has been established over an extended period of time. Mitigating actions include trend analysis, documented investigation and process records to demonstrate compliance with specification. Look at wording

For clarity, recipe type refers to a product category i.e. Cumberland, Pork and Herb, Lincolnshire sausages would be viewed as separate recipes but where the same recipe is packed to different weights only one analysis shall be required.


Sampling plans aligned to the scope of approved products. Examples of analytical reports, trend analysis and corrective action since the last audit.