Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

CPG Sec. 585.400 Cowpeas (Black-Eyed Peas); Canned (Succulent Peas) - Adulteration by Insects


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

The peas contain an average of five or more cowpea curculio larvae or the equivalent per #2 can.


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

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


The article was adulterated when introduced into and while in interstate commerce, and is adulterated while held for sale after shipment in interstate commerce within the meaning of said Act 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(3) in that it consists in part of a filthy substance by reason of the presence therein of insect larvae.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised.*

Issued: 11/21/79

Reissued: 10/1/80

Revised: 12/8/88, 3/95, 5/2005

Updated: 11/29/05

Page Last Updated: 03/20/2015
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