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Canned Tuna Deviating From Identity Standard; Temporary Permit for Market Testing

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a temporary permit has been issued to Bumble Bee Seafoods, Inc., to market test a product designated as “Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna ‘Touch of Lemon’ in water, with natural lemon flavor” that deviates from the U.S. standard of identity for canned tuna. The purpose of the temporary permit is to allow the applicant to measure consumer acceptance of the product, identify mass production problems, and assess commercial feasibility.

DATES:

This permit is effective for 15 months, beginning on the date the food is introduced or caused to be introduced into interstate commerce, but not later than Novemeber 3, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Linda McCollum, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-820), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 301-436-2371.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In accordance with 21 CFR 130.17 concerning temporary permits to facilitate market testing of foods deviating from the requirements of the standards of identity issued under section 401 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 341), FDA is giving notice that a temporary permit has been issued to Bumble Bee Seafoods, Inc., P.O. Box 85362, 9655 Granite Ridge Dr., suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123.

The permit covers limited interstate marketing tests of products identified as “Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna ‘Touch of Lemon’ in water, with natural lemon flavor” that deviate from the U.S. standard of identity for canned tuna (21 CFR 161.190) in that lemon juice and lemon oil will be used as flavoring ingredients instead of lemon oil and citric acid. Also, the product will be labeled “in water, with natural lemon flavor” rather than “lemon flavored chunk light tuna.” In all other respects, the test product will conform to the standard for canned tuna. The purpose of this permit is to test the product throughout the United States.

This permit provides for the temporary marketing of approximately 20,000 tons (20,321,200 kilograms) of product packaged in 1.9 million cases. The test product will be manufactured by Bumble Bee Seafoods, Inc., 13100 Arctic Circle, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670; and at Bumble Bee International, Inc., Malecon Industrial Zone, Jose Gonzalez Clemente Ave., Rd. 341 Km 4.5, Mayaguez, PR 00680. The product will be distributed throughout the United States.

The information panel of the labels will bear nutrition labeling in accordance with 21 CFR 101.9. Each of the ingredients used in the food must be declared on the labels as required by the applicable sections of 21 CFR part 101. This permit is effective for 15 months, beginning on the date the food is introduced or caused to be introduced into interstate commerce, but not later than November 3, 2003.

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Dated: July 21, 2003.

Christine Taylor,

Director, Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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[FR Doc. 03-19658 Filed 8-1-03; 8:45 am]

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