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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 21, Volume 2]
[Revised as of April 1, 2006]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 21CFR133.102]

[Page 310-311]
                        TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
                          SERVICES (CONTINUED)
  Subpart B_Requirements for Specific Standardized Cheese and Related 
Sec.  133.102  Asiago fresh and asiago soft cheese.

    (a) Asiago fresh cheese, asiago soft cheese, is the food prepared 
from milk and other ingredients specified in this section, by the 
procedure set forth in paragraph (b) of this section, or by another 
procedure which produces a finished cheese having the same physical and 
chemical properties as the cheese produced when the procedure set forth 
in paragraph (b) of this section is used. It contains not more than 45 
percent of moisture, and its solids contain not less than 50 percent of 
milkfat, as determined by the methods prescribed in Sec.  133.5 (a), 
(b), and (d). It is cured for not less than 60 days.
    (b) Milk which may be pasteurized or clarified or both, and which 
may be warmed, is subjected to the action of harmless lactic-acid 
producing bacteria, present in such milk or added thereto. Harmless 
artificial blue or green coloring in a quantity which neutralizes any 
natural yellow coloring in the curd may be added. Sufficient rennet, or 
other safe and suitable milk-clotting enzyme that produces equivalent 
curd formation, or both, with or without purified calcium chloride in a 
quantity not more than 0.02 percent (calculated as anhydrous calcium 
chloride) of the weight of the milk, is added to set the milk to a 
semisolid mass. The mass is cut, stirred, and heated to promote and 
regulate separation of the whey from the curd. The whey is drained off. 
When the curd is sufficiently firm it is removed from the kettle or vat, 
further drained for a short time, packed into hoops, and pressed. The 
pressed curd is salted in brine and cured in a well-ventilated room. 
During curing the surface of the cheese is occasionally rubbed with a 
vegetable oil. A harmless preparation of enzymes of animal or plant 
origin capable of aiding in the curing or development of flavor of 
asiago fresh cheese may be added during the procedure in such quantity 
that the weight of the solids of such preparation is not more than 0.1 
percent of the weight of the milk used.
    (c)(1) For the purposes of this section, the word ``milk'' means 
cow's milk, which may be adjusted by separating part of the fat 
therefrom or by adding thereto one or more of the following: Cream, skim 
milk, concentrated skim milk, nonfat dry milk, water in a quantity 
sufficient to reconstitute any concentrated skim milk or nonfat dry milk 
    (2) Such milk may be bleached by the use of benzoyl peroxide or a 
mixture of benzoyl peroxide with potassium alum, calcium sulfate, and 
magnesium carbonate; but the weight of the benzoyl peroxide is not more 
than 0.002 percent of the weight of the milk bleached, and the weight of 
the potassium alum, calcium sulfate, and magnesium carbonate, singly or 
combined, is not more than six times the weight of the benzoyl peroxide 
used. If milk is bleached in this manner, sufficient vitamin A is added 
to the curd to compensate for the vitamin A or its precursors destroyed 
in the bleaching process, and artificial coloring is not used.
    (d) Safe and suitable antimycotic agent(s), the cumulative levels of 
which shall not exceed current good manufacturing practice, may be added 
to the surface of the cheese.
    (e) Label declaration: Each of the ingredients used in the food 
shall be declared on the label as required by the applicable sections of 
parts 101 and 130 of this chapter, except that enzymes of

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animal, plant, or microbial origin may be declared as ``enzymes''.

[42 FR 14366, Mar. 15, 1977, as amended at 48 FR 49013, Oct. 24, 1983; 
49 FR 10093, Mar. 19, 1984; 58 FR 2891, Jan. 6, 1993]

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Source: U.S. Code of Federal Regulations - CFR Title 21, Part 133, Section 102

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