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Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Coconut oil (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.

Coconut oil (packaging)

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 65*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 1
  • ID Code: 8001-31-8
  • Year: 1975
  • 21 CFR Section: There is no CFR citation.

SCOGS Opinion:

Coconut oil, peanut oil, oleic acid, and linoleic acid have been used as foods or as food components by man for many years. These two oils and the fatty acids are rapidly absorbed after oral administration, metabolized, and the metabolic products are utilized and excreted. None of the available biological information indicates that these substances are hazardous to man or animals even when consumed at levels that are orders of magnitude greater than could result form their use for the purposes covered in this report. The evidence now available indicates that linoleic acid is not being used by the food industry as a nutrient or dietary supplement. Based on these considerations, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on coconut oil, peanut oil, and oleic acid that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public as they are now used in paper and cotton packaging material for food at levels now current or as they might reasonably be expected to be used for such purposes in the future. There is no evidence in the available information on linoleic acid that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when it is used as a nutruient or dietary supplement at levels 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.