[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 21, Volume 3]
[Revised as of April 1, 2006]
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TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
CHAPTER I--FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN
PART 184_DIRECT FOOD SUBSTANCES AFFIRMED AS GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS
SAFE--Table of Contents
Subpart B_Listing of Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS
Sec. 184.1090 Stearic acid.
(a) Stearic acid (C18H36O2, CAS
Reg. No. 57-11-4) is a white to yellowish white solid. It occurs
naturally as a glyceride in tallow and other animal or vegetable fats
and oils and is a principal constituent of most commercially
hydrogenated fats. It is produced commercially from hydrolyzed tallow
derived from edible sources or from hydrolyzed, completely hydrogenated
vegetable oil derived from edible sources.
(b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food Chemicals
Codex, 3d Ed. (1981), p. 313, which is incorporated by reference, and
the requirements of Sec. 172.860(b)(2) of this chapter. Copies of the
Food Chemicals Codex are available from the National Academy Press, 2101
Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20418, or available for inspection
at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For
information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-
6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal--register/code--of--
(c) In accordance with Sec. 184.1(b)(1), the ingredient is used in
food with no limitation other than current good manufacturing practice.
The affirmation of this ingredient as generally recognized as safe
(GRAS) as a direct human food ingredient is based upon the following
current good manufacturing practice conditions of use:
(1) The ingredient is used as a flavoring agent and adjuvant as
defined in Sec. 170.3(o)(12) of this chapter.
(2) The ingredient is used in foods at levels not to exceed current
good manufacturing practice.
(d) Prior sanctions for this ingredient different from the uses
established in this section do not exist or have been waived.
[48 FR 52445, Nov. 18, 1983, as amended at 50 FR 49536, Dec. 3, 1985; 69
FR 24512, May 4, 2004]
Additives that reference this regulation: