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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

Monday, May 4, 2020

Cincinnati flavorings, fragrance company agrees to pay $50k to resolve claims of illegally importing listed chemical from China

CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati company has agreed to pay the United States $50,000 for illegally importing a listed chemical from China.


According to the settlement that was executed today, Frutarom is a manufacturer and developer of flavorings and ingredients that did business on Commerce Park Drive in Cincinnati. Frutarom is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.


As part of the Controlled Substances Act, the DEA regulates listed chemicals, including benzaldehyde, a chemical often used as almond flavoring and scent.


Frutarom imported more than 800 kilograms of the chemical from China without notifying the United States government, as required by the Controlled Substances Act.


The Cincinnati company has agreed to pay the government $50,000 to resolve the government’s potential claims for civil penalties.


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Keith Martin, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today’s settlement. Deputy Civil Chief Matthew Horwitz and Assistant United States Attorney Brandi Stewart are representing the United States in this case.


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Updated May 5, 2020