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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: 21CFR133.124]

[Page 318-320]
 
                        TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
 
CHAPTER I--FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN 
                          SERVICES (CONTINUED)
 
PART 133_CHEESES AND RELATED CHEESE PRODUCTS--Table of Contents
 
  Subpart B_Requirements for Specific Standardized Cheese and Related 
                                Products
 
Sec.  133.124  Cold-pack cheese food.

    (a)(1) Cold-pack cheese food is the food prepared by comminuting and 
mixing, without the aid of heat, one or more of the optional cheese 
ingredients prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section with one or more 
of the optional dairy ingredients prescribed in paragraph (d) of this 
section, into a homogeneous plastic mass. One or more of the optional 
ingredients specified in paragraph (e) of this section may be used.
    (2) All cheeses used in a cold-pack cheese food are made from 
pasteurized milk, or are held for not less than 60 days at a temperature 
of not less than 35 [deg]F before being comminuted.
    (3) The moisture content of a cold-pack cheese food is not more than 
44 percent, and the fat content is not less than 23 percent.
    (4) Moisture and fat are determined by the methods prescribed in 
Sec.  133.5 (a), (b), and (d), except that in determining moisture the 
loss in weight which occurs in drying for 5 hours, under the conditions 
prescribed in such method, is taken as the weight of moisture.
    (5) The weight of the cheese ingredient prescribed by paragraph 
(a)(1) of this section constitutes not less than 51 percent of the 
weight of the finished cold-pack cheese food.

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    (6) The weight of each variety of cheese in the cold-pack cheese 
food made with two varieties of cheese is not less than 25 percent of 
the total weight of both, except that the weight of blue cheese, nuworld 
cheese, roquefort cheese, gorgonzola cheese, or limburger cheese is not 
less than 10 percent of the total weight of both. The weight of each 
variety of cheese in the cold-pack cheese food made with three or more 
varieties of cheese is not less than 15 percent of the total weight of 
all, except that the weight of blue cheese, nuworld cheese, roquefort 
cheese, gorgonzola cheese, or limburger cheese is not less than 5 
percent of the total weight of all. These limits do not apply to the 
quantity of cheddar cheese, washed curd cheese, colby cheese, and 
granular cheese in mixtures which are designated as ``American cheese'' 
as prescribed in paragraph (h)(5) of this section. Such mixtures are 
considered as one variety of cheese for the purposes of this paragraph 
(a)(6).
    (b) Cold-pack cheese food may be smoked, or the cheese or cheeses 
from which it is made may be smoked, before comminuting and mixing, or 
it may contain substances prepared by condensing or precipitating wood 
smoke.
    (c) The optional cheese ingredients referred to in paragraph (a) of 
this section are: One or more cheeses of the same or two or more 
varieties, except that cream cheese, neufchatel cheese, cottage cheese, 
creamed cottage cheese, cook cheese, and skim-milk cheese for 
manufacturing are not used, and except that semisoft part-skim cheese, 
part-skim spiced cheese, and hard grating cheese may not be used, alone 
or in combination with each other, as the cheese ingredient.
    (d) The optional dairy ingredients referred to in paragraph (a) of 
this section are: Cream, milk, skim milk, buttermilk, cheese whey, any 
of the foregoing from which part of the water has been removed, 
anhydrous milkfat, dehydrated cream, skim milk cheese for manufacturing, 
and albumin from cheese whey. All optional dairy ingredients used in 
cold-pack cheese food are pasteurized or made from products that have 
been pasteurized.
    (e) The other optional ingredients referred to in paragraph (a) of 
this section are:
    (1) An acidifying agent consisting of one or any mixture of two or 
more of the following: A vinegar, lactic acid, citric acid, acetic acid, 
and phosphoric acid, in such quantity that the pH of the finished cold-
pack cheese food is not below 4.5.
    (2) Water.
    (3) Salt.
    (4) Harmless artificial coloring.
    (5) Spices or flavorings, other than any which singly or in 
combination with other ingredients simulate the flavor of cheese of any 
age or variety.
    (6) A sweetening agent consisting of one or any mixture of two or 
more of the following: Sugar, dextrose, corn sugar, corn sirup, corn 
sirup solids, glucose sirup, glucose sirup solids, maltose, malt sirup, 
and hydrolyzed lactose, in a quantity necessary for seasoning.
    (7) Cold-pack cheese food in consumer-sized packages may contain an 
optional mold-inhibiting ingredient consisting of sorbic acid, potassium 
sorbate, sodium sorbate, or any combination of two or more of these, in 
an amount not to exceed 0.3 percent by weight, calculated as sorbic acid 
or consisting of not more than 0.3 percent by weight of sodium 
propionate, calcium propionate, or a combination of sodium propionate 
and calcium propionate.
    (8) In the preparation of cold-pack cheese food, guar gum or xanthan 
gum, or both, may be used, but the total quantity of such ingredient or 
combination is not to exceed 0.3 percent of the weight of the finished 
food. When one or both such optional ingredients is used, dioctyl sodium 
sulfosuccinate complying with the requirements of Sec.  172.810 of this 
chapter may be used in a quantity not in excess of 0.5 percent by weight 
of such ingredient or ingredients.
    (f) The name of the food is ``cold-pack cheese food''. The full name 
of the food shall appear on the principal display panel of the label in 
type of uniform size, style, and color. Wherever any word or statement 
emphasizing the name of (other than in an ingredient statement any 
ingredient appears on

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the label as specified in paragraph (h) of this section) so 
conspicuously as to be easily seen under customary conditions of 
purchase, the full name of the food shall immediately and conspicuously 
precede or follow such word or statement in type of at least the same 
size as the type used in such word or statement.
    (g) The name of the food shall include a declaration of any 
flavoring, including smoke and substances prepared by condensing or 
precipitating wood smoke, that characterizes the product as specified in 
Sec.  101.22 of this chapter and a declaration of any spice that 
characterizes the product.
    (h) 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 cheddar cheese, washed curd cheese, colby 
cheese, granular cheese, or any mixture of two or more of these, may be 
designated as ``American cheese''.

[42 FR 14366, Mar. 15, 1977, as amended at 49 FR 10093, Mar. 19, 1984; 
58 FR 2892, Jan. 6, 1993]





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Source: U.S. Code of Federal Regulations - CFR Title 21, Part 133, Section 124


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