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M-I-92-5: Wrapping and Shipping of Single Service Containers and Closures - Item 19e


                                        200 C Street, SW
                                        Washington, DC 20204
                                        June 28, 1992
TO:       All Regional Food and Drug Directors
          Attn:  Regional Milk Specialists
FROM:     Milk Safety Branch (HFF-346)
SUBJECT:  Wrapping and Shipping of Single Service Containers and
          Closures - Item 19e
This M-I is being issued to clarify the Wrapping and Shipping
criteria of Item 19e of the Standards for the Fabrication of Single
Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products (SSCC).
This item will be considered to be in compliance when the user of
the packaging material that contacts the product contact surfaces
of containers or closures has on file a written statement from the
manufacturer of the packaging material.  The statement must include
information that the material complies with the requirements of
Parts 175 through 178 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal
Regulations and the bacteriological standards of Section C of the
The manufacturer of the packaging material must have
bacteriological data available for the regulatory agency or user of
the material whenever it is deemed necessary.  There are no
specifications for sampling frequency.  The regulatory agency may
choose to collect samples of the packaging materials to determine
compliance with bacteriological standards of Section C.
Some outer packaging materials such as corrugated cardboard boxes
used for the packaging of milk carton flats, are exempt from this
standard.  The edges of these flats are subject to heat during the
forming and sealing of the container.
Copies of this memorandum are provided for distribution to State
Milk Sanitation Regulatory Agencies, State Milk Sanitation Rating
Officers and District Milk Specialists in your region.  It should
be made readily available to state for distribution to the dairy
                         Johnnie G. Nichols