(Return to List)

Guidance Table

Table 3D

Chocolate and Candy

Process-related biological, chemical, and physical hazards

Category Number Subcategory Storage Conditions Hazards Example Products
Chocolate Industrial Products 1 Chocolate/Cocoa Products For Baking (Including Bulk Solid and Bulk Liquid) Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Bittersweet Chocolate, Semi- sweet Chocolate, Unsweetened Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Morsels, Cocoa Powder, White Chocolate
Chocolate Industrial Products 2 Other Products for Baking (Including Bulk Solid and Bulk Liquid) Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Butterscotch Morsels, Peanut Butter Morsels
Chocolate Industrial Products 3 Chocolate Coating for Enrobing (Including Bulk Solid and Bulk Liquid) Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Compound Coatings, White Chocolate
Chocolate and Confectionery Products 4 Chocolate Confections Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Milk Chocolate Bar, Dark/white Chocolate Bar, Fudge, bonbons
Chocolate and Confectionery Products 5 Chocolate Confections - With Inclusions Shelf-Stable Bacterial pathogen survival of a lethal treatment,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Chocolate Covered Nuts (e.g., Almonds, Pecans, Macadamia Nuts), Chocolate Candy Bar with Nuts, Chocolate Covered Raisins, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Chocolate with coconut, Chocolate with crisped rice, Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bar, Fudge with nuts, Chocolate Covered Biscuit, Chocolate Covered Caramel , Chocolate Covered Mints, Chocolate Covered Nougat or English Toffee
Chocolate and Confectionery Products 6 Sugar Confections Shelf-Stable Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Mint, Rock Candy, Lollipop, Lemon Drops, Caramel Candy Bar, Gummy gel Candies, Fruit Chews, Soft Toffee, Licorice Candy, Marshmallow, Soft Jellied Candy, Soft Caramel Squares, Gel Cups Candy, Creams, Pastes, Pastilles
Chocolate and Confectionery Products 7 Sugar Confections with inclusions Shelf-Stable Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Nut brittles (Peanut Brittle, Almond Brittle), Nut Clusters, Candy with fruit pieces
Chocolate and Confectionery Products 8 Sugar Confections Specialties (w/o Chocolate) Shelf-Stable Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Recontamination with environmental pathogens,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Caramel/Candied Apple, Candy Coated Popcorn, Cereal Confection, Marzipan, Coconut Roll, Cake Decoration, Peanut butter fudge, Cotton Candy
Toppings/Frosting 9 Toppings and Frosting (Non Fruit/Nut) Shelf-Stable Bacterial growth and/or toxin formation due to poor formulation control,Undeclared allergens - Incorrect label,Undeclared allergens - cross- contact,Chemical hazards due to mis- formulation (e.g. sulfites, yellow #5),Metal Butterscotch Topping, Caramel Topping, Vanilla Frosting, Sour Cream Frosting, Chocolate Flavored Syrup (Hot Fudge)