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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Database of Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Reviews

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Carnauba wax

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Report No.:  47
Type of Conclusion:  5
ID Code:  8015-86-9
Year:  1975
CFR Section:  184.1978
SCOGS Opinion:  Carnauba wax is a substance of plant origin that is used at a low level of addition in a limited number of food products. The per capita adult daily intake has been estimated to be about 1.2mg. Despite its use in food since 1900, an extensive search of the literature has revealed no information on its absortion, metabolism or excretion by animals, acute or chronic toxicity, or its teratogenic or carcinogenic properties. In view of the almost complete lack of biological studies, the Select Committee has insufficient data upon which to evaluate the safety of carnauba wax as a miscellaneous or general purpose food additive.