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National Hot Sauce Day and Food Regulations – Pic of the Week

At our last blog team meeting we were looking for possible events about which to write and we noticed that today, January 22nd, is known as National Hot Sauce Day.  Being of the legal persuasion we wondered if there were federal regulations which defined the composition of hot sauce or mandated warning labels for the unwary!  To answer this question, we looked at the Code of Federal Regulations for information.  Food and Drug regulations are published in Title 21 of the CFR which comprises nine softbound volumes:

Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 volumes / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 volumes / Photograph by Andrew Weber

While there are no specific regulations governing the composition of hot sauce, sections 113 and 114 apply to the commercial preparation of hot sauce as well as hot peppers.  Section 113 includes a number of drawings of the types of valves and retorts which may be used in preparing hermetically sealed food.

Section 113 of Title 21, CFR / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Section 113 of Title 21, CFR / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Talking about hot sauce also made us curious about the regulation of spices.  Title 21, section 182  provides information about commonly recognized spices.

Section 182, Title 21 CFR / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Section 182, Title 21 CFR / Photograph by Andrew Weber

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