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Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Fish oil, hydrogenated (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.

Fish oil, hydrogenated (packaging)

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 66*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 1
  • ID Code: 8016-13-5
  • Year: 1975
  • 21 CFR Section: 186.1551

SCOGS Opinion:

On the basis of the evidence reviewed, the amount of hydrogenated fish oil migrating to food from cotton and cotton fabrics used in dry food packaging, or form paper and paperboard packaging used with dry, aqueous, and fatty acids, is not great enough to be harmful to humans. Even a moderate amount of partially hydrogenated fish oil in the diet would have no adverse health effects if adequate sources of essential fatty acids and vitamin E were present and the manufacturing and handling practices were satisfactory. In view of the foregoing, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on hydrogenated fish oil that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when it is used in food packaging materials as now practiced or as it might be expected to be used for such purposes 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.