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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 21, Volume 3]
[Revised as of April 1, 2014]
[CITE: 21CFR177.2800]



TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
CHAPTER I--FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER B--FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED)

PART 177 -- INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS

Subpart C--Substances for Use Only as Components of Articles Intended for Repeated Use

Sec. 177.2800 Textiles and textile fibers.

Textiles and textile fibers may safely be used as articles or components of articles intended for use in producing, manufacturing, packing, processing, preparing, treating, packaging, transporting, or holding food, subject to the provisions of this section.

(a) The textiles and textile fibers are prepared from one or more of the fibers identified in paragraph (d) of this section and from certain other adjuvant substances required in the production of the textiles or textile fibers or added to impart desired properties.

(b) The quantity of any adjuvant substance employed in the production of textiles or textile fibers does not exceed the amount reasonably required to accomplish the intended physical or technical effect or any limitation further provided.

(c) Any substance employed in the production of textiles or textile fibers that is the subject of a regulation in parts 174, 175, 176, 177, 178 and 179.45 of this chapter conforms with any specification in such regulation.

(d) Substances employed in the production of or added to textiles and textile fibers may include:

(1) Substances generally recognized as safe in food.

(2) Substances subject to prior sanction or approval for use in textiles and textile fibers and used in accordance with such sanction or approval.

(3) Substances generally recognized as safe for use in cotton and cotton fabrics used in dry-food packaging.

(4) Substances that by regulation in this part may safely be used in the production of or as a component of textiles or textile fibers and subject to provisions of such regulation.

(5) Substances identified in this paragraph (d)(5), subject to such limitations as are provided:

List of substancesLimitations
(i) Fibers:
Cotton
Polyethylene terephthalate complying in composition with the provisions of 177.1630(e)(4)(ii)For use only in the manufacture of items for repeated use.
Rayon
(ii) Adjuvant substances:
Aluminum stearate
BoraxFor use as preservative only.
Butyl-acetyl ricinoleate
Colorants used in accordance with 178.3297 of this chapter.
Di-tert-butyl hydroquinone
Dimethylpolysiloxane
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, sodium salt
4-Ethyl-4-hexadecyl morpholinium ethyl sulfateFor use only as a lubricant in the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate fibers specified in paragraph (d)(5)(i) of this section at a level not to exceed 0.03 percent by weight of the finished fibers.
Eugenol
Fats, oils, fatty acids, and fatty alcohols derived from castor, coconut, cottonseed, fish, mustardseed, palm, peanut, rapeseed, ricebran, soybean, sperm, and tall oils and tallow.
Fats, oils, fatty acids, and fatty alcohols described in the preceding item reacted with one or more of the following substances:
n-Butyl and isobutyl alcohol
Diethylene glycol
Diethanolamine
Glycerol
Hexylene glycol (2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol)
Hydrogen
Isopropyl alcohol
Methyl alcohol
Oxygen
Polyethylene glycol (molecular weight 400-3,000)
Potassium hydroxide
Propylene glycol
Sodium hydroxide
Sulfuric acid
FormaldehydeFor use as preservative only.
Glyceryl mono-12-hydroxystearate
2-(9-Heptadecenyl)-1-[2-(10-octadecenamido)ethyl-2-imidazolinium ethyl sulfate.
Hexylene glycol (2-methyl,-2,4-pentanediol)
Isobutyl alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol
Kerosene
Methyl ester of sulfated ricebran oil
Mineral oilFor use only at a level not to exceed 0.15 percent by weight of finished fibers.
Mono- and diisopropylated m- and p-cresols (isothymol derivative).
N-Oleyl, N'-acetyl, N'-[beta]-hydroxy-ethylenediamine
Petrolatum
Petroleum sulfonate
Pine oil
Polybutene, hydrogenated; complying with the identity prescribed under 21 CFR 178.3740(b) of this chapter.
Polyethylene, oxidized (air blown)
Polyvinyl acetate
Polyvinyl alcohol
Potassium soap of a saponified sulfated castor oil
Sodium bis(2,6-dimethylheptyl-4) sulfosuccinate
Sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate
Sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate
Sodium fluorideFor use as preservative only.
Sodium hydrosulfite
Sodium hypochlorite
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium 2-mercaptobenzothiazole Do.
Sodium pentachlorophenate Do.
Styrene-butadiene copolymer
Sulfated butyl, isobutyl and propyl oleate
Tallow
Tallow, sulfonated
Titanium dioxide
Triethanolamine
Ultramarine blue
Waxes, petroleum
Zinc hydrosulfite

(e) Textile and textile fibers are used as articles or components of articles that contact dry food only.

(f) The provisions of this section are not applicable to jute fibers used as prescribed by 178.3620(d)(2) of this chapter.

[42 FR 14572, Mar. 15, 1977, as amended at 46 FR 37042, July 17, 1981; 49 FR 4372, Feb. 6, 1984; 49 FR 5748, Feb. 15, 1984; 56 FR 42933, Aug. 30, 1991]

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