Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc. 21-Dec-04
Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
New England District
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
December 21, 2004
Carla Bartolucci, President
Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc.
5 Tyler Drive, P.O. Box 98
North Franklin, CT 06254
Dear Ms. Bartolucci:
We inspected your food distribution facility, Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc., located at 5 Tyler Drive, North Franklin, Connecticut, on October 12, 2004. During the inspection, we collected samples of your product Bionaturae Organic Fruit Spread in various flavors: strawberry, bilberry, peach, apricot, wild berry, and plum. The inspection was conducted to determine your companys compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and its implementing regulations in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). You can find copies of the Act and FDAs regulations through links on FDAs Internet home page at www.fda.gov.
Your varieties of Bionaturae Organic Fruit Spread products are misbranded within the meaning of section 403(r)(1)(A) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 343(r)(1)(A)] in that the labels bear the claim No Sugar Added, but do not meet the criteria established by FDAs regulations for such a claim. The claim No Sugar Added is a nutrient content claim that is permitted on food labels provided that the food meets the requirements in 21 CFR 101.60(c)(2). One criteria for use of the term No Sugar Added is that no amount of sugar, as defined in 21 CFR 101.9(c)(6)(ii), or any other ingredient that contains sugars that functionally substitute for added sugars, is added to the food during processing or packaging [21 CFR 101.60(c)(2)(i)]. FDAs regulation in 21 CFR 101.9(c)(6)(ii) defines sugar as all free mono- and disaccharides (such as glucose, fructose, lactose, and sucrose). Your Bionaturae Organic Fruit Spread products identify Organic Apple Juice Concentrate as an ingredient. According to your letter entitled Euro-USA Trading Rational for No Sugar Added Claim For Its Fruit Spread-10/21/04, the Organic Apple Juice Concentrate ingredient in your products is used to achieve a desired level of sweetness and contains natural sugars found in apple juice, but it is not sugar itself. Because apple juice concentrate is added to your Bionaturae Organic Fruit Spread products and contains sugars that functionally substitute for added sugars, your products do not meet the requirements for a No Sugar Added nutrient content claim and are therefore misbranded under the Act.
This letter is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies for your products or their labeling. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your products comply with the Act and implementing regulations.
You should take prompt action to correct the above-referenced violations. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in regulatory action without further notice. The Act provides for the seizure of illegal products and/or injunction against the manufacturer and/or distributor of illegal products.
Please notify this office in writing, within 15 working days of receipt of this letter, of the specific steps you have taken to correct the stated violations and to ensure that similar violations will not recur. If corrective action cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time at which the corrections will be completed. Your reply should be sent to Seth A. Mailhot, Compliance Officer, Food and Drug Administration, New England District Office, 1 Montvale Avenue, Fourth Floor, Stoneham, MA 02180-3500.
If you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact Mr. Mailhot at (781) 596-7769.
Gail T. Costello
England District Office