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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: 21CFR133.144]

[Page 327]
                        TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
                          SERVICES (CONTINUED)
  Subpart B_Requirements for Specific Standardized Cheese and Related 
Sec.  133.144  Granular and stirred curd cheese.

    (a) Description. (1) Granular cheese, stirred curd cheese is the 
food prepared by the procedure set forth in paragraph (a)(3) of this 
section or by any other procedure which produces a finished cheese 
having the same physical and chemical properties. The minimum milkfat 
content is 50 percent by weight of the solids and the maximum moisture 
content is 39 percent by weight as determined by the methods described 
in Sec.  133.5. If the dairy ingredients used are not pasteurized, the 
cheese is cured at a temperature of not less than 35 [deg]F for at least 
60 days.
    (2) If pasteurized dairy ingredients are used, the phenol equivalent 
value of 0.25 gram of granular cheese is not more than 3 micrograms as 
determined by the method described in Sec.  133.5.
    (3) One or more of the dairy ingredients specified in paragraph 
(b)(1) of this section may be warmed, treated with hydrogen peroxide/
catalase, and is subjected to the action of a lactic acid-producing 
bacterial culture. One or more of the clotting enzymes specified in 
paragraph (b)(2) of this section is added to set the dairy ingredients 
to a semisolid mass. The mass is so cut, stirred, and heated with 
continued stirring, as to promote and regulate the separation of whey 
and curd. A part of the whey is drained off. The curd is then 
alternately stirred and drained to prevent matting and to remove whey 
from curd. The curd is then salted, stirred, drained, and pressed into 
forms. One or more of the other optional ingredients specified in 
paragraph (b)(3) of this section may be added during the procedure.
    (b) Optional ingredients. The following safe and suitable 
ingredients may be used:
    (1) Dairy ingredients. Milk, nonfat milk, or cream, as defined in 
Sec.  133.3, used alone or in combination.
    (2) Clotting enzymes. Rennet and/or other clotting enzymes of 
animal, plant, or microbial origin.
    (3) Other optional ingredients. (i) Coloring.
    (ii) Calcium chloride in an amount not more than 0.02 percent 
(calculated as anhydrous calcium chloride) by weight of the dairy 
ingredients, used as a coagulation aid.
    (iii) Enzymes of animal, plant, or microbial origin, used in curing 
or flavor development.
    (iv) Antimycotic agents, the cumulative levels of which shall not 
exceed current good manufacturing practice, may be added to the surface 
of the cheese.
    (v) Hydrogen peroxide, followed by a sufficient quantity of catalase 
preparation to eliminate the hydrogen peroxide. The weight of the 
hydrogen peroxide shall not exceed 0.05 percent of the weight of the 
dairy ingredients and the weight of the catalase shall not exceed 20 
parts per million of the weight of the dairy ingredients treated.
    (c) Nomenclature. The name of the food is ``granular cheese'' or, 
alternatively, ``stirred curd cheese''.
    (d) 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:
    (1) Enzymes of animal, plant, or microbial origin may be declared as 
``enzymes''; and
    (2) The dairy ingredients may be declared, in descending order of 
predominance, by the use of the terms ``milkfat and nonfat milk'' or 
``nonfat milk and milkfat'', as appropriate.

[54 FR 32055, Aug. 4, 1989, as amended at 58 FR 2893, Jan. 6, 1993]

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Source: U.S. Code of Federal Regulations - CFR Title 21, Part 133, Section 144

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