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10.1 Sampling & testing plan for analytical standards

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Ham & Cooked Pork / Analytical standards

10.1.1 The site shall have a sampling plan and testing regime in place for the routine monitoring of the analytical compliance of the finished products listed on the sites BMPA Quality Assured Ham & Cooked Pork certificate of conformity and assessed against the requirements of this module and the product specification agreed with the customer.

10.1.2 Added water, meat, salt and for cured products – nitrite content shall be tested analytically at least once per month against the following meat/added water limits and the salt/nitrite limits specified by product type in section 10.1 of this module:

Category Minimum %
Meat Content
Maximum %
Added Water
477 *approx20
Cooked Pork
677 *approx20

10.1.3 Where out of specification results occur, there shall be evidence that this is subject to investigation, trend analysis or other specific corrective actions.


Occasional out of specification analytical results is not uncommon and is not, in isolation, a non-conformance. Non-conformance would occur where product is repeatedly reported as out of specification or where the average of results within a stipulated period fall outside of the specification. 

Where occasional out of specification results occur, there shall be no non-conformance if there is evidence that this has been alerted, investigated, and, where deemed necessary, action taken – it is possible for this to develop into non-conformance over time if it is apparent that the corrective action has failed.


Sampling plans aligned to the scope of approved products. Examples of analytical result, trending, and out of specification investigations and action reports.