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Annex K: U.S. Rejection Codes

U.S. Rejection Codes
Rejection Cause Code
Contamination (fecal, ingesta, milk, metal, grease, glass, paper, plastic) 01
Unsound condition (putrid, rancid, spoiled) 02
Processing defects (blood clots, lung tissue, bruises, bones, sex organs) 03
Violative net weight (less than stated weight on label) 04
Pathological defects (abscess, cysts, lesions, grubs, injection sites) 05
Microbiological violation
(laboratory results reported as positive)
Labelling defects
(label not approved, missing mandatory information, wrong ingredients)
Missing or incorrect shipping marks
(not present or incorrect on shipping container)
Composition/Standard (economic non-compliance; not compliant with standard of identity, including water, fat, nitrite, phosphate, PFF or species) 09
APHIS/VS requirements (bone-in or fresh product from restricted country, failed pink juices test or maximum internal temperature) 10
Residues (laboratory results reported over tolerance) 11
Miscellaneous (any problem associated with documentation, including lack of proper certification, failure to obtain a certificate of guarantee, duplicate shipping marks) 12
Condition of container, Incubation (swells, cable cuts, loose tins, seams, and abnormal container) 13
Transportation damage – soft product (F)
("keep frozen" product stained/soft)
Transportation damage – exposed product (O)
(dented or crushed immediate containers, leaking vacuumed packaged product, torn containers exposing product)
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