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CPG Sec. 550.250 Citrus Fruit Juices, Canned - Adulteration with Fly Filth and Mold




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

1. Canned Citrus Juices (Single Strength)

a.Mold Count

The canned juice has an average mold count of 10% or more


b. Fly Filth

i. The canned juice contains an average of 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml.


ii.The canned juice contains an average of 1 or more Drosophila maggots per 250 ml.

2. Lemon and Lime Juice, et. al.

The above tolerances can be applied to citrus juices and are concentrates when they are converted to a single strength basis.


Article adulterated (when introduced into and while in interstate commerce) (while held for sale after introduction into interstate commerce), within the meaning of 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(3), in that it consists in part of a (decomposed) (filthy) substance by reason of the presence therein of (mold) (flies/fly eggs/maggots).

NOTE: Only use direct reference citation authority when prosecution is anticipated and evidence to support a prosecution is included with the adulteration charge. Evidence necessary to support a prosecution is specified in existing regulatory procedures issuances.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised*

Issued: 10/1/80
Revised: 11/1/81, 3/95