Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Bleached Starch
- SCOGS-Report Number: 115*
- Type Of Conclusion: 1
- ID Code: 977075-42-5
- Year: 1979
- 21 CFR Section: 172.892
The principal change in starch effected by the approved bleaching treatments is the removal of color due to traces of plant pigments. Bleaching treatments also help to reduce the microbiological count in starches. Although no feeding studies with bleached starches have been reported, no adverse effects would be expected because the permitted concentrations of the bleaching agents, all oxidants, are so low that few, if any, carboxyl or carbonyl groups would be introduced to affect the biological properties of bleached starches.
In light of the foregoing, the Select Committee concludes that:
There is no evidence in the available information on bleached starches that demonstrates or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect a hazard to the public when they are used at levels that are now current or that might reasonably be expected in the future.