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Juice Processors ask to be exempt from HACCP Regulations.



Juice processors have asked the FDA FDA
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 to amend a regulation meant to prevent the contamination of fruit and vegetable juices. Under certain conditions, concentrated and shelf-stable juices should be exempted from a "5-log," or 100,000-fold reduction in pathogens requirement, according to according to
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 the petition by the Florida Citrus Processors Association, Florida Department Florida is a department (departamento) of Uruguay. Population and Demographics
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 of Citrus, and National Juice Products Association. The exemption would not compromise the food safety objectives of FDA's juice hazard analysis and critical control points Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic preventive approach to food safety, pharmaceutical safety, etc. that addresses physical, chemical and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection.  plan, but would "lift the financial burden on processors" and save consumers money, the groups said in a Jan. 10 filing.

One major component of the juice HACCP HACCP

hazard analysis critical control points.
 requires processors to have a written plan, which must be verified and validated from time to time. A second major part requires processors to include in their HACCP plans control measures that will consistently produce a 5-log reduction. The processor must perform this reduction and final product packaging of all juice subject to the exemptions within a single production facility.

As currently written, the single facility requirement dictates that the HACCP plans of such processors include a 5-log pathogen Pathogen

Any agent capable of causing disease. The term pathogen is usually restricted to living agents, which include viruses, rickettsia, bacteria, fungi, yeasts, protozoa, helminths, and certain insect larval stages.
 reduction in addition to the 5-log reduction performed by the same processor at a different plant or by a processor other than the one from which the juice was purchased, according to the juice processors.

If processors are required to repasteurize shelf-stable and concentrated juices as is currently required by the single facility requirement, the process would create a "severe negative impact on the flavor." the groups said. The single facility requirement will require processors to acquire equipment they do not currently possess, at capital costs far exceeding those estimated by FDA, to repasteurize incoming products, they said. These added costs would be passed on to consumers, the groups said.
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Date:Feb 11, 2002
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