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NY D86021

December 30, 1998

CLA-2-21:RR:NC:2:228 D86021


TARIFF NO.: 2106.90.9998

Mr. Luigi Loiola
Fredde Delizie Ltd.
500 University Avenue, No. 511
Honolulu, HI 96826

RE: The tariff classification of an ice cream stabilizer from Italy

Dear Mr. Loiola:

In your letter dated November 30, 1998, received by this office on December 21, 1998, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Neutrogel is a powder used as a stabilizer for an ice cream base. It is said to consist of 50 percent mono and triglycerides of fatty acids, 26 percent sodium and potassium alginate, and 12 percent each of carob seed flour and guar gum.

The applicable subheading for the ice cream stabilizer will be 2106.90.9998, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for food preparations not elsewhere specified or included...other...other...other. The rate of duty will be 7.6 percent ad valorem. Effective January 1, 1999, the rate of duty will be 7 percent ad valorem.

Your inquiry does not provide enough information for us to give a classification ruling on Bianca 70/S. Your request for a classification ruling should provide additional information concerning the ingredient identified as "lactose milk protein." Please clarify whether this is lactose or protein. How is it derived? If this is lactose (milk sugar), please state its purity.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Stanley Hopard at 212-466-5760.


Robert B. Swierupski

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