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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: 21CFR133.190]

[Page 357-358]
                        TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
                          SERVICES (CONTINUED)
  Subpart B_Requirements for Specific Standardized Cheese and Related 
Sec.  133.190  Spiced cheeses.

    (a) Description. (1) Spiced cheeses are cheeses for which 
specifically applicable definitions and standards of identity are not 
prescribed by other sections of this part. The food is 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, as determined by the method described in Sec.  133.5. The 
food contains spices, in a minimum amount of 0.015 ounce per pound of 
cheese, and may contain spice oils. If the dairy ingredients are not 
pasteurized, the cheese is cured at a temperature of not less than 35 
[deg]F for at least 60 days.
    (2) The phenol equivalent of 0.25 gram of spiced 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 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. The mass is divided 
into smaller portions and so handled by stirring, heating, and diluting 
with water or salt brine as to promote and regulate the separation of 
whey and curd. The whey is drained off. The curd is removed and may be 
further drained. The curd is then shaped into forms, and may be pressed. 
At some time during the procedure, spices are added so as to be evenly 
distributed throughout the finished cheese. 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, or corresponding products of goat or sheep origin, 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) of the weight of the dairy 
ingredients, used as a coagulation aid.
    (iii) Salt.
    (iv) Spice oils which do not, alone or in combination with other 
ingredients, simulate the flavor of cheese of any age or variety.
    (v) Enzymes of animal, plant, or microbial origin, used in curing or 
flavor development.
    (vi) Antimycotic agents, applied to the surface of slices or cuts in 
consumer-sized packages.
    (c) Nomenclature. The name of the food is ``spiced cheese''. The 
following terms shall accompany the name of the food, as appropriate:
    (1) The specific common or usual name of the spiced cheese, if any 
such name has become generally recognized; or
    (2) An arbitrary or fanciful name that is not false or misleading in 
any particular.

[[Page 358]]

    (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'', or ``milkfat from goat's milk and nonfat 
goat's milk'', etc., as appropriate.

[54 FR 32059, Aug. 4, 1989, as amended at 58 FR 2895, Jan. 6, 1993]

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Source: U.S. Code of Federal Regulations - CFR Title 21, Part 133, Section 190

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