FDA issues draft guidance on controlling pathogens in juices

Sep 16, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comments on a new draft report on how to control microbial pathogens in juices.

"This draft guidance represents FDA's current views on potential hazards in juice products and how to control them," the report states. The 90-page document is intended to help juice processors develop "hazard analysis and critical control points" (HACCP) plans to comply with federal law.

Juice processors are required to develop HACCP plans to achieve a 5-log reduction in pathogenic microbes likely to occur in juice. The requirement applies to processors that sell juice in either interstate or intrastate commerce, but it does not apply to businesses that make juice and sell it directly to consumers.

The FDA said comments on the draft guidance should be submitted by Nov 12, 2002, to Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

See also:

FDA's "Guidance for Industry: Juice HACCP Hazards and Controls Guidance, First Edition"

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