Caltec Citrus Company

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Caltec Citrus Company is a defunct business which in 1958 became involved in a legal battle with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA carried out surveillance of the Caltec warehouse. At this time it discovered substances not usually found in 100% pure orange juice being carried in a rear door by Caltec employees. Among these materials were sugar and Vitamin C. The loss to consumers in watering down procedures has been estimated at $1 million in lost value.

Caltec was defended in court by attorney Percy Foreman. The corporation was fined $6,000, and a suspended sentence was given to the violating officials.[1]


  1. ^ Turner, James S. 1970. The Chemical Feast. Grossman Publishers. New York City. 63.