The Food and Drug Administration Seizes Products Judged Hazardous to Human Health

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Summaries of Court Actions are given pursuant to section 705 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Summaries of Court Actions report cases involving seizure proceedings, criminal proceedings, and injunction proceedings. Seizure proceedings are civil actions taken against goods alleged to be in violation, and criminal and injunction proceedings are against firms or individuals charged to be responsible for violations. The cases generally involve foods, drugs, devices, or cosmetics alleged to be adulterated or misbranded or otherwise violative of the law when introduced into and while in interstate commerce or while held for sale after shipment in interstate commerce.

Summaries of Court Actions are prepared by Food and Drug Division, Office of the General Counsel HHS.

Published by direction of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

SEIZURE ACTIONS

Food/Contamination, Spoilage, Insanitary Handling

Product: Pure Maple Syrup and Bear Mountain Honey, at Marysville and Arlington, Wash.

Charged 10-24-94: While held for sale after shipment in interstate commerce at Eagle Creek Farms in Marysville and Arlington, respectively, the articles were adulterated in that a sweetener resembling corn syrup was substituted for maple syrup, honey, and sorghum syrup. The articles were misbranded in that their labeling falsely represented that the articles consisted entirely of maple syrup, honey, and sorghum syrup. The articles were offered for sale under the name of another food. Furthermore, the maple and sorghum syrups failed to conform to their definitions; instead, they consisted of sweetener resembling corn syrup.

Disposition: A consent decree of condemnation and constructive destruction ordered the articles delivered to a charitable institution.

Product: Scallops, at Middleboro, Mass.

Charged 11-26-91: While held for sale after shipment in interstate commerce at Northeast Refrigerated Terminals, Inc. …