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Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Pulps (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.

Pulps (packaging)

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 40*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 1
  • ID Code: 977139-78-8
  • Year: 1973
  • 21 CFR Section: 184.1673

SCOGS Opinion:

Since paper and paperboard packaging materials are not food but might be considered possible contaminants in food, it is not surprising that the Food Chemicals Codex does not include specifications for such materials. However, inasmuch as pulp from paper and paperboard can conceivably migrate to foods and thus become a food ingredient, specifications for paper used in connections with food, including limits with respect to source, abradability, and content of heavy metals and other possible toxicants, could be a useful, additional safeguard of food wholesomeness. In the meantime it is assumed that good manufacturing practice and quality control provide for adequate safeguards in the use of "food quality" cellulose and other pulp ingredients in the packaging materials used for food. In light of all the foregoing, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on pulps that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when they are used in food packaging materials as now practiced or as they might be expected to be used for such purposes in 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.