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 SSCC.
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 industry.
Johnnie G. Nichols