Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

CPG Sec. 525.700 Sesame Seeds - Adulteration with Insect Filth; Decomposition; Mammalian Excreta; Foreign Matter


The following represents the criteria for direct reference seizure to Division of Compliance Management and Operations (HFC-210) and for direct citation by the District Offices:

  1. Insect Filth and Decomposition

    The sesame seeds contain an average of 5% or more insect infested or decomposed seeds by weight;

  2. or

  3. Mammalian Excreta

    The sesame seeds contain an average of 5 milligrams or more of excreta per pound;

  4. or

  5. Foreign Matter

    The sesame seeds contain an average of 0.5% or more foreign matter by weight.


Since the majority of spices are imported, determine that the lot in question has not been previously examined and released by FDA as an import. If the lot has been examined and released previously, submit all available facts to CFSAN/Office of *Compliance*/Division of Enforcement (HFS-605) for seizure consideration in the usual manner.


Article (sesame seeds) adulterated (when introduced into and while in interstate commerce)(while held for sale after shipment in interstate commerce), within meaning of 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(3), in that it consists wholly or in part of a filthy substance by reason of presence therein of (insects), (insect webbing), (insect excreta), (insect damaged sesame seeds), and (mammalian excreta); and that it consists in part of a decomposed substance by reason of presence therein of (moldy, decomposed sesame seeds); and is unfit for food by reason of presence therein of (stones), (clay), and (sand); or 342(b)(2) in that (stones), (clay), and (sand) have been substituted wholly or in part for sesame seeds.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised.*

Issued: 10/1/80
Revised: 3/95, 5/05

Updated: 11/29/05

Page Last Updated: 03/20/2015
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