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Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Japan wax (packaging)

The GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Database allows access to opinions and conclusions from 115 SCOGS reports published between 1972-1980 on the safety of over 370 Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) food substances. The GRAS ingredient reviews were conducted by the Select Committee in response to a 1969 White House directive by President Richard M. Nixon.

Japan wax (packaging)

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 46b*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 5
  • ID Code: 8001-39-6
  • Year: 1975
  • 21 CFR Section: 186.1555 (1995)

SCOGS Opinion:

Japan wax is a substance of plant origin which is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) as a substance migrating to food from cotton and cotton fabrics used in dry food packaging. However, the Select Committee has found no information on the acute toxicity of this substance, or reports of long-term feeding studies, or studies of its carcinogenicity or teratogenicity.

In view of the almost complete lack of biological studies, the Select Committee has insufficient data upon which to evaluate the safety of Japan max as a substance migrating to food from cotton and cotton fabrics used in dry foods packaging.


*Complete reports containing details of the safety studies that formed the basis of the opinions and conclusions and are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 (703) 605-6000.

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