Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

CPG Sec. 550.680 Pineapple, Canned; Pineapple Juice - Adulteration with Mold

REGULATORY ACTION GUIDANCE:

The following represents criteria for direct reference seizure to the Division of Compliance Management and Operations (HFC-230) and for direct citation by District Offices:

  1. Pineapple, canned -- The average Howard mold count for six or more subsamples is 15% or more; or the Howard mold count for any subsample is 40% or more.
  2. Pineapple Juice -- The average Howard mold count for six or more subsamples is 15% or more; or the Howard mold count for any one subsample is 40% or more.

Article (canned pineapple) (pineapple juice) 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 substance by reason of the presence therein of (moldy/decomposed pineapple) (mold).

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 specific in existing regulatory procedures issuances.

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

Page Last Updated: 03/20/2015
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