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2.1 : Metal Contaminants
2.1.1
 
1. Chemicals described in monographs of the Indian Pharmacopoeia when used in foods, shall not contain metal contaminants beyond the limits specified in the appropriate monographs of the Indian Pharmacopoeia for the time being in force.

2. Notwithstanding the provisions of regulation 2.1.1 (1), no article of food specified in Column 2 of the table below shall contain any metal specified in excess of the quantity specified in Column 3 of the said table:

Name of the metal contaminants
Article of food
Parts per Million by weight
1. Lead
(i) Beverages;
 
 
Concentrated soft drinks (but not including concentrates used in the manufacture of soft drinks)
0.5
 
Fruit and vegetable juice (including tomato juice, but not including lime juice and lemon juice)
1.0
 
Concentrates used in the manufacture of soft drinks, lime juice and lemon juice
2.0
 
(ia) Baking powder
10
 
(ib) Edible oils and fats
0.5
 
(ic) Infant Milk substitute and Infant   foods
0.2
 
(id) Turmeric whole and powder
10.0
 
(ii) Other foods
 
 
Anhydrous dextrose and dextrose monohydrate, edible oils & fats, refined white sugar (sulphated ash content not exceeding 0.03 per cent)
0.5
 
Ice-cream, iced lollies and similar frozen confections
1.0
 
Canned fish, canned meats, edible gelatin, meat extracts and hydrolysed protein, dried or dehydrated vegetables (other than onions)
5.0
 
All types of sugar, sugar syrup, invert sugar and direct consumption coloured sugars with sulphated ash content exceeding 1.0 per cent
5.0
 
Raw sugars except those sold for direct consumption or used for manufacturing purpose other than the manufacture of refined sugar.
5.0
 
Edible molasses, caramel liquid and solid glucose and starch conversion products with a sulphated ash content exceeding 1.0 per cent
5.0
 
Cocoa powder
5.0 on the dry fat free substance
 
Yeast and yeast products
5.0 on the dry Matter
 
Tea, dehydrated onions, dried herbs and spices flavourings, alginic acid, alignates, agar, carrageen and similar products derived from seaweed
10.0 on the dry matter
 
Liquid pectin, chemicals not otherwise specified, used as ingredients or in the preparation or processing of food
10.0
 
Food colouring other than caramel
10.0 on the dry colouring matter
 
Solid pectin
50.0
 
Hard boiled sugar confectionery
2.0
 
Iron fortified common salt
2.0
 
Corned beef, luncheon meat, Cooked Ham, Chopped meat, Canned chicken, Canned mutton and Goat meat and other related meat products
2.5
 
Brewed vinegar and Synthetic vinegar
Nil
 
(iii) Foods not specified
2.5
2. Copper
(i) Beverages:
Soft drinks excluding concentrates and Carbonated water
7.0
 
Carbonated water
1.5
 
Toddy
5.0
 
Concentrates for soft drinks
20.0
 
(ii) Other Foods
 
 
Chicory-dried or roasted, coffee beans, flavourings/pectin liquid
30.0
 
Colouring matter
30.0 on dry colouring matter
 
Edible gelatin
30.0
 
Tomato ketchup
50.0 on the dried total solids
 
Yeast and yeast products
60.0 on the dry matter
 
Cocoa powder
70.0on the fat free substance
 
Tomato puree, paste, powder, juice and cocktails
100.0 on the dried tomato solid
 
Tea
150.0
 
Pectin-solid
300.0
 
Hard boiled sugar confectionery
5.0
 
Iron Fortified Common Salt
2.0
 
Turmeric whole and powder
5.0
 
Juice of orange, grape, apple, tomato, pineapple and lemon
5.0
 
Pulp and pulp products of any fruit
5.0
 
Infant milk substitute and Infant foods
15.0(But not less than 2.8)
 
Brewed Vinegar and Synthetic vinegar
Nil
 
Caramel
20
 
(iii) Foods not specified
30.0
3. Arsenic
(i) Milk
0.1
 
(ii) Beverages :
 
 
Soft drink intended for consumption after dilution except carbonated water
0.5
 
Carbonated water
0.25
 
Infant Milk substitute and Infant foods
0.05
 
Turmeric whole and powder
0.1
 
Juice of orange, grape, apple, tomato, pineapple and lemon
0.2
 
Pulp and pulp products of any fruit
0.2
 
Preservatives, anti-oxidants, emulsifying and stabilising agents and synthetic food colours
3.0 on dry matter
 
Ice-cream, iced lollies and similar frozen confections
0.5
 
Dehydrated onions, edible gelatin, liquid pectin
2.0
 
 
Chicory-dried or roasted
 
4.0
 
Dried herbs, finings and clearing agents, solid pectin all grades, spices
5.0
 
Food colouring other than synthetic colouring.
5.0 on dry colouring matter
 
Hard boiled sugar confectionery
1.0
 
Iron Fortified Common Salt
1.0
 
Brewed Vinegar and Synthetic Vinegar
0.1
 
(iii) Foods not specified
1.1
4. Tin
(i) Processed and canned products
250.0
 
(i-a) Hard boiled sugar confectionery
5.0
 
(i-aa) Jam, Jellies and Marmalade
250
 
Juice of orange, apple, tomato, pineapple and lemon
250
 
Pulp and pulp products of any fruit
250
 
(i-b) Infant Milk substitute and Infant foods
5.0
 
(i-c) Turmeric whole and powder
Nil
 
(i-d) Corned beef, Luncheon meat, Cooked Ham, Chopped meat, Canned chicken, Canned mutton and Goat meat
 
250
 
(ii) Foods not specified
250
5. Zinc
(i) Ready-to-drink beverages
5.0
 
Juice of orange, grape, tomato, pipeapple and lemon
5.0
 
Pulp and pulp products of any fruit
5.0
 
(i-a) Infant milk substitute and Infant foods
50.0 (but) not less than 25.0)
 
(ii) Edible gelatin
100.0
 
(ii-a) Turmeric whole and powder
25.0
 
(iii) Fruit and Vegetable products
50.0
 
(iii-a) Hard boiled sugar confectionery
5.0
 
(iv) Foods not specified
50.0
6. Cadmium
(i) Infant Milk substitute and Infant foods
0.1
 
(ii) Turmeric whole and powder
0.1
 
(iii) Other foods
1.5
7. Mercury
Fish
0.5
 
Other foods
1.0
8.Methyl Mercury
All foods
0.25
9. Chromium
Refined Sugar
20 ppb
10. Nickel
All hydrogenated, patially hydrogenated, interesterified vegetable oils and fats such as vanaspati, table margarine, bakery and industrialmargarine, bakery shortening, fat spread and partially hydrogenated soyabean oil
1.5
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