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Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Sulfamic acid (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.

Sulfamic acid (packaging)

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 62*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 1
  • ID Code: 5329-14-6
  • Year: 1972
  • 21 CFR Section: 186.1093

SCOGS Opinion:

It seems most unlikely that more than minute amounts of sulfamic acid might occasionally enter foods by migration or abrasion from packaging materials. The acute toxicity of sulfamic acid is relatively low; it does not appear to be metabolized but is excreted unchanged in the urine. The Select Committee has weighed the foregoing and concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on sulfamic acid 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.