PCB Tutorial

Lesson 4 — Coding Food, Food-Related, Cosmetic and Vitamin Products

Miscellaneous Food-Related Items — Industry Code 52

Products in Industry Code 52 are typically used in preparation and serving of food and drink products. Examples include cooking utensils, dishes, cups, mugs, stemware, and containers. Industry Code 52 is also used for exhibits (evidence development), infant food items and live animals.

Only products in Class A, Foodware, Cookware, and Tableware, are classified by specific Subclass and PIC information. All other products use Subclass Y, Not Elsewhere Classified (N.E.C.), and PIC Y, also Not Elsewhere Classified.

The Miscellaneous Food-Related Items Classes

A Foodware, Cookware & Tableware Food contact articles, including dishes, flatware, beverage glasses, mugs, cooking utensils, cutlery, and electrical appliances.
B Food Related Items Corn husks, pesticides, sausage casings, wooden skewers
D Live Animals Turtles, tortoises, terrapins. Live animals not elsewhere classified.
E Infant Food Items Baby bottle rubber nipples, n.e.c, pacifiers containing ingestible foods (e.g., honey)
Y Exhibit (Evidence Development) Includes the following: live animals, manure, animal waste, non-potable water, sewage, soil, wood shavings, etc.

The Miscellaneous Food-Related Items Subclasses

The following Subclasses are used for products under Industry Code 52, Class A, Foodware, Cookware and Tableware. The subclasses describe how the product is used.

Subclass Y is used for all Industry Code 52 products that are not found under Class A. Subclass "Y" may also be used with Class A if appropriate.

(with 52A only)
Tableware for Adult Use Dishes, Flatware, Spatula, Tongs, Utensils
(with 52A only)
Tableware for Adult Use-Set Dishes, Flatware, Stemware, Utensil sets
(with 52A only)
Tableware for Infant/Child Use Child's training cup
(with 52A only)
Tableware for Infant/Child Use-Set Utensil sets
(with 52A only)
Cookware Oven/Stove/Flame Pots, frying pans, etc.
(with 52A only)
Cookware Oven/Stove/Flame-Set Cookware sets
(with 52A only)
Cookware Appliance w/Electric Heat Source Coffee maker, teapot
(with 52A only)
Cookware Appliance w/Electric Heat Source-Set A 'kitchen starter' set that would include an electrical heating appliance, e.g., hot pot, coffee pot, heating coil, in addition to various kitchen household items.
Y Not Elsewhere Classified (N.E.C.) Can be used for Class A and is always used for Classes B, C, D, E and Y

The Miscellaneous Food-Related Items Process Indicator Codes (PIC)

All but one of the PIC codes are used for Class A products only. The PIC is used to describe the primary material that is used to make the product. For example, a set of stemware may be glass or lead crystal, utensils can be stainless steel or sterling silver. This information should be available from the manufacturer or listed on the product label.

For products other than 52A, always select PIC "Y" N.E.C. Below is a brief definition of the PIC codes currently in use.

A Aluminum A silvery-white, ductile metallic element, primarily found in bauxite. Aluminum has good conductive and thermal properties (e.g., frying pan).
B Antimony A metallic element having four allotropic forms, the most common of which is a hard, extremely brittle, lustrous, silver-white, crystalline material. It is used in a wide variety of alloys and in the manufacture of flameproofing compounds, and ceramic products.
C Bone China Translucent white china made with bone ash or calcium phosphate and characterized by whiteness.
D Brass Or Brass Plated A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc (e.g., pitcher).
E Ceramic Any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature (e.g., salad bowl).
F Chrome Or Chrome Plate Chromium or chromium alloy. Something plated with a chromium alloy (e.g., drinking cup).
G Copper A ductile, malleable, reddish-brown metallic element that is an excellent conductor of heat. A large cooking pot may be made of copper.
H Enamel On Metal A vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating baked on metal (e.g., stove to ovenware).
I Glass A hard, brittle, translucent, and commonly transparent substance, white or colored, made by fusing together sand or silica with lime, potash, soda, or lead oxide. Considered to be super-cooled liquids rather than true solids (e.g., beverage glasses).
J Glass Ceramic A durable substance made with glass and clay able to withstand temperature extremes without cracking. For example, Corningware™ products are glass-ceramic.
K Gold Or Gold Plate A soft, yellow, corrosion-resistant element. It is the most malleable and ductile metal. Something plated with gold (e.g., flatware).
L Iron, Cast Iron The most common and most useful metallic element, being of almost universal occurrence, usually in the form of an oxide (as hematite, magnetite, etc.), or a hydrous oxide (as limonite, turgite, etc.). It is reduced on an enormous scale in three principal forms; cast iron, steel, and wrought iron. Iron usually appears dark brown, from oxidation or impurity, but when pure, or on a fresh surface, is a gray or white metal. It is easily oxidized (rusted) by moisture, and is attacked by many corrosive agents.
Cast Iron is an alloy of iron containing so much carbon that it is brittle and so cannot be wrought but must be shaped by casting (e.g., frying pan, skillet).
M Lead Crystal Lead Crystal defines glassware made from mineral quartz and lead. In general, crystal means lead or flint based glass that is clear in color. It can be plain or decorated (e.g., wine, water glasses, and goblets).
N Metal Unknown Any of a category of electropositive elements that usually have a shiny surface, are generally good conductors of heat.
O Nickel A silvery, hard, ductile, ferromagnetic metallic element used in alloys, in corrosion-resistant surfaces, and for electroplating.
P Non-Stick Coating A material used to coat cooking utensils and in industrial applications where sticking is to be avoided, i.e., Teflon™.
Q Paper A material made of cellulose pulp, derived mainly from wood, rags, and certain grasses, processed into various products including cookware, tableware, and utensils.
R Pewter Any of numerous silver-gray alloys of tin with various amounts of antimony, copper, and sometimes lead, used widely for fine kitchen utensils and tableware (e.g., stemware).
S Plastic, Polymer Any of various organic compounds produced by polymerization, capable of being molded, extruded, cast into various shapes and films.
T Porcelain A hard, white, translucent ceramic made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials (e.g., fine china, tea sets etc.).
U Stainless Steel Steel containing chromium that makes it resistant to corrosion (e.g., cooking pots, frying pans).
V Sterling Silver or Silver Plate A silver alloy with no more than 7.5% copper. Silver-plated products have been coated with a thin layer of silver, especially by electroplating (e.g., flatware, stemware).
X Wood The substance of trees and the like; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree and its branches, and which is covered by the bark; timber (e.g., salad bowl, utensils).
Y Not Elsewhere Classified (N.E.C.) This classification is for products that receive a new or unusual process that does not fit any of the other PICs. It can be used for Class A but it is always used for Classes B, C, D, E and Y.

Check Your Knowledge

1.Which of the following products would NOT be found under Industry Code 52, Miscellaneous Food-Related Items?
2.When coding a product under Industry Code 52, Class A (52A) what does the Process Indicator Code (PIC) tell you about the product?
3.You are coding a set of porcelain dinner plates made with bone ash. Which PIC best describes the primary material used to make the product?

Code the Products

Now you will have a chance to practice coding some food and food-related products. Below you will find five product descriptions. Read the descriptions and then click on the PCB Application button below. This will take you to the Product Code Builder application.

Have notepaper and a pen or pencil handy. As you code each product, write down the product code result. When you're ready to check your answers, click the Tutorial button on the Taskbar. The Taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen. This will bring you back here. Caution: Don't click the Tutorial button in the Product Code Builder application, it will take you to the beginning of the Tutorial.


Miscellaneous Food-Related Items

Cookware & Tableware

Tableware for Adult Use
(52A only)

(52A only)

Spoons (Foodware, Cookware & Tableware)


Miscellaneous Food-Related Items

Foodware, Cookware & Tableware

Tableware for Adult Use
(52A only)

Plastic, Polymer
(52A only)

Other Utensils, N.E.C., (spatula, tongs, etc.)


Miscellaneous Food-Related Items

Infant Food Items

Not Elsewhere Classified (N.E.C.)

Not Elsewhere Classified (N.E.C.)

Pacifiers Containing Ingestible Foods
(e.g., honey)


Miscellaneous Food-Related Items

Foodware, Cookware & Tableware

Tableware for Adult
Use — Set
(52A only)

(52A only)

Mixed Items (Note use Subclass J, L, N, or P only)


Miscellaneous Food-Related Items

Foodware, Cookware & Tableware

(52A only)

Brass or Brass Plated
(52A only)

Coffee/Tea Pots (Foodware, Cookware & Tableware)

Check your answers — Click on reveal code for each product description to reveal the correct product code. Compare it with the one you got. Did you get the correct code? If not, determine which element was incorrect. You can go back through the lesson and review the various elements of the product code. Then, go back to the Product Code Builder application and try again.

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