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Interpretation Response #01-0239 ([T. Hasegawa USA Inc.] [Mr. Sean F. Surbeck])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: T. Hasegawa USA Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Sean F. Surbeck

Location State: CA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

October 5, 2001


Mr. Sean F. Surbeck                     Reference No. 01-0239

T. Hasegawa USA Inc.

14017 E 183 rd Street

St. Cerritos, CA 90703

Dear Mr. Surbeck:

This is in response to your letter dated September 5, 2001, requesting clarification on whether your natural and artificial apple cinnamon flavor with a flash point of  70° C (158°F) is regulated under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

Under § 173.22, it is the shipper's responsibility to properly classify a hazardous material.  This office generally does not perform this function.  Under § 173.120, combustible liquid is defined as a material with a flash point above 60.5° C (141° F) and below 93° C (200° F), and does not meet the definition of any other hazard class under the HMR.  Therefore, in accordance with the HMR, your natural and artificial apple cinnamon flavor is classed as a combustible liquid.  A combustible liquid in a non-bulk (450 L or less) packaging is not subject to any requirements under the HMR, including labeling, unless the material is a hazardous waste, hazardous substance or marine pollutant.

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale

Transportation Regulations Specialist

Office of  Hazardous Materials standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.120 Class 3-Definitions