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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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CPG Sec. 550.350 Figs; Fig Paste - Adulteration Involving Insect Infestation; Mold, Dirt

 

 

REGULATORY ACTION GUIDANCE:

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. Figs

    The figs contain an average of 10% or more by count insect infested and/or moldy and/or dirty fruit or pieces of fruit.
  2. Fig Paste

    The fig paste contains 13 or more insect heads per 100 grams of fig paste in each of 2 or more subsamples when examined by AOAC methods of analysis, 44.083(a) and (b), AOAC 12th Ed. or 44.A02 1st Suppl. 12th Ed.

REMARKS:

Seizures involving these products must be discussed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. *E-mail* or FAX the following information to CFSAN/Office of *Compliance*/Division of Enforcement (HFS-605) and await reply before proceeding.

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Sample NumberDate of Shipment
Article InvolvedDealer
Amount of LotShipper
CodesAnalytical Conclusions

SPECIMEN CHARGE:

Article adulterated when introduced into and while 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 figs; dirt; and of a decomposed substance by reason of presence therein of moldy, decomposed figs.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised.*

Issued: 10/1/80
Revised: 3/95, 5/2005

Updated:  11/29/05