This Philippine National Standard for Corn Grits, PNS/BAFPS 15:2004 is concerned with classification of corn grits based on their physical characteristics and current practices existing in the sectors concerned. It includes sections on the essential composition and quality factors, classification and grading, sampling and methods of analysis, determination of moisture content, packing, marking, contaminants and hygiene.
The National Food Authority initially developed this standard for Corn Grits.
Important changes were made by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) on the draft standard prepared by the NFA in accordance with the BPS standards for standards guidelines in 2003. Harmonization with Codex and US standards on the levels of aflatoxin were undertake n in view of the increasing concern for consumer health protection and fair practices in international trade.
A technical committee for the standards of corn grits was organized, represented by several agencies of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, Postharvest Horticulture and Training Center, University of the Philippines at Los Baños and private sectors.
BAFPS together with the committee conducted series of technical reviews and public consultations on the draft standards for corn grits. Comments from the stakeholders were considered prior to its approval.