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Database of Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Reviews

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Pulps (packaging)

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Report No.:  40
Type of Conclusion:  1
ID Code:  977139-78-8
Year:  1973
CFR Section:  184.1673
SCOGS Opinion:  Since paper and paperboard packaging materials are not food but might be considered possible contaminants in food, it is not surprising that the Food Chemicals Codex does not include specifications for such materials. However, inasmuch as pulp from paper and paperboard can conceivably migrate to foods and thus become a food ingredient, specifications for paper used in connections with food, including limits with respect to source, abradability, and content of heavy metals and other possible toxicants, could be a useful, additional safeguard of food wholesomeness. In the meantime it is assumed that good manufacturing practice and quality control provide for adequate safeguards in the use of "food quality" cellulose and other pulp ingredients in the packaging materials used for food. In light of all the foregoing, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on pulps that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when they are used in food packaging materials as now practiced or as they might be expected to be used for such purposes in future.