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Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Bleached Starch

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.

Bleached Starch

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 115*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 1
  • ID Code: 977075-42-5
  • Year: 1979
  • 21 CFR Section: 172.892

SCOGS Opinion:

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.

 

*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.