Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

CPG Sec. 550.350 Figs; Fig Paste - Adulteration Involving Insect Infestation; Mold, Dirt


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:

  1. Figs

    The figs contain an average of 10% or more by count insect infested and/or moldy and/or dirty fruit or pieces of fruit.

  2. Fig Paste

    The fig paste contains 13 or more insect heads per 100 grams of fig paste in each of 2 or more subsamples when examined by AOAC methods of analysis, 44.083(a) and (b), AOAC 12th Ed. or 44.A02 1st Suppl. 12th Ed.


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
Date of Shipment
Article Involved
Amount of Lot
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 filthy substance by reason of presence therein of insects, insect webbing, insect excreta, insect damaged figs; dirt; and of a decomposed substance by reason of presence therein of moldy, decomposed figs.

*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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