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CPG Sec 550.250 Citrus Fruit Juices, Canned - Adulteration with Fly Filth and Mold March 1995

Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Regulatory Affairs


The following represents criteria for direct reference seizure *requests to the Office of Human and Animal Food Operations (OHAFO) in consultation with the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations (OEIO) and CFSAN, and for direct citation by the appropriate Field Office within the Human and Animal Food Program*:

1. Canned Citrus Juices (Single Strength) a. Mold Count

The canned juice has an average mold count of 10% or more

2. or a. Fly Filth i. The canned juice contains an average of 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml.


ii. The canned juice contains an average of 1 or more Drosophila maggots per 250 ml.

3. Lemon and Lime Juice, et. al.

The above tolerances can be applied to citrus juices and are concentrates when they are converted to a single strength basis.


Article adulterated (when introduced into and while in interstate commerce) (while held for sale after introduction into interstate commerce), within the meaning of 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(3), in that it consists in part of a (decomposed) (filthy) substance by reason of the presence therein of (mold) (flies/fly eggs/maggots).

NOTE: Only use direct reference citation authority when prosecution is anticipated and evidence to support a prosecution is included with the adulteration charge. Evidence

necessary to support a prosecution is specified in existing regulatory procedures issuances.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised*

Issued: 10/1/80 Revised: 11/1/81, 3/95

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