Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

CPG Sec. 525.600 Whole and Ground Nutmeg - Adulteration with Insect Filth; Mold; Rodent Filth


  1. 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:

    Whole Nutmeg

    The whole nutmeg contains an average of 10% or more insect infested and/or moldy pieces by count.
  2. The following represents the criteria for recommending legal action to CFSAN/Office of *Compliance*/Division of Enforcement (HFS-605):

    Ground Nutmeg

    The nutmeg powder contains an average of 100 or more insect fragments, or the average of rodent hairs is 1 or more per 10 gram sample.

NOTE: Determination for all defects are made on a minimum of six (6) subsamples; 10 gram subsamples for ground nutmeg and 100 nuts by count subsamples for whole nutmeg.


Since the majority of spices are imported, determine that the lot in question has not been previously examined and released by FDA as an import. If the lot has been examined and released previously, submit all available facts to CFSAN/Office of *Compliance*/Division of Enforcement (HFS-605) for seizure consideration in the usual manner.


Article (whole/ground nutmeg) adulterated (when introduced into and while in interstate commerce)(while held for sale after shipment 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 fragments), (insect damaged nutmeg), and (rodent hairs); and that it consists in part of a decomposed substance by reason of presence therein of (moldy, decomposed nutmeg).

*Material between asterisks is new or revised.*

Issued: 10/1/80
Revised: 2/1/86, 3/95, 5/05

Updated: 11/29/05

Page Last Updated: 03/20/2015
Note: If you need help accessing information in different file formats, see Instructions for Downloading Viewers and Players.
Language Assistance Available: Español | 繁體中文 | Tiếng Việt | 한국어 | Tagalog | Русский | العربية | Kreyòl Ayisyen | Français | Polski | Português | Italiano | Deutsch | 日本語 | فارسی | English