[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. 184.1440 Magnesium stearate.
(a) Magnesium stearate
(Mg(C17H34COO)2, CAS Reg. No. 557-04-0)
is the magnesium salt of stearic acid. It is produced as a white
precipitate by the addition of an aqueous solution of magnesium chloride
to an aqueous solution of sodium stearate derived from stearic acid that
is obtained from edible sources and that conforms to the requirements of
Sec. 172.860(b)(2) of this chapter.
(b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food Chemicals
Codex, 3d Ed. (1981), p. 182, which is incorporated by reference. Copies
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(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 lubricant and release agent as
defined in Sec. 170.3(o)(18) of this chapter; a nutrient supplement as
defined in Sec. 170.3(o)(20) of this chapter; and a processing aid as
defined in Sec. 170.3(o)(24) 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.
[50 FR 13560, Apr. 5, 1985]
Additives that reference this regulation: