Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

CPG Sec. 550.690 Plums, Canned - Adulteration with Rot


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:

NOTE: Examine a minimum of 12 subsamples for the lot, or 6 subsamples for each violative code. Confirm rot microscopically by presence of mold.

The average for any code, or for the lot if no code is present, is 5% or more by count of plums with rot spots larger than the area of a circle 12 mm. in diameter.


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:

Sample Number
Article Involved
Amount of Lot
Date of Shipment
Analytical Conclusions


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 decomposed substance by reason of presence therein of decomposed plums.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised*

Issued: 10/1/80
Revised: 3/95, 5/2005
Updated: 11/29/05

Page Last Updated: 03/20/2015
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