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Database of Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Reviews

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Beeswax (yellow or white)

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Report No.:  46a
Type of Conclusion:  1
ID Code:  8006-40-4
Year:  1975
CFR Section:  184.1973
SCOGS Opinion:  There is a paucity of experimental data on the digestion, absortion, metabolism, and short-term or long-term toxicity of beeswax after oral intake by humans or animals; but as a component of comb honey, beeswax has been ingested since ancient times without evidence of harm. Although the composition of beeswax is not digested or absorbed from the alimentary tract in most animals or man. Beeswax containing pollens or oleoresins may be allergenic to sensitive individuals but beeswax alone has not been reported to be allergenic. No studies designed to show teratogenic effects of beeswax have been reported. Numerous injections of beeswax as a vehicle for drugs have nor led to reports of tumors at the injection site. Relatively little comb honey is used as a food in the U.S. The use of beeswax in processed food products decreased fourfold in the decade from 1960-1970 and presently is very small, amounting to an average estimated per capita daily intake of about 0.16mg. On the basis of the above considerations the Select Commitee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on beeswax (yellow or white) that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when it is used at levels that are now current or might reasonably be expected in the future.