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133.160 Muenster and munster cheese.

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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: 21CFR133.160]

[Page 336-337]
 
                        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.  133.160  Muenster and munster cheese.

    (a) Description. (1) Muenster cheese, munster 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 46 
percent by weight, as determined by the methods decribed in Sec.  133.5. 
The dairy ingredients used are pasteurized.
    (2) The phenol equivalent of 0.25 gram of muenster cheese is not 
more than 3 micrograms, as determined by the methods described in Sec.  
133.5.
    (3) One or more of the dairy ingredients specified in paragraph 
(b)(1) of this section may be warmed and is subjected to the action of a 
harmless 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. After coagulation the 
mass is divided into small portions, stirred, and heated, with or 
without dilution with water or salt brine, so as to promote and regulate 
the separation of whey and curd. The curd is transferred to forms 
permitting drainage of the whey. During drainage the curd may be pressed 
and turned. After drainage the curd is removed from the forms and is 
salted. 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.

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    (ii) Calcium chloride in an amount not more than 0.02 percent 
(calculated as anhydrous calcium chloride) of the 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) Vegetable oil, used as a coating for the rind.
    (c) Nomenclature. The name of the food is ``muenster cheese'' or, 
alternatively, ``munster 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 32057, Aug. 4, 1989; 54 FR 35756, Aug. 29, 1989, as amended at 58 
FR 2894, Jan. 6, 1993]





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Source: U.S. Code of Federal Regulations - CFR Title 21, Part 133, Section 160


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