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

Tall oil (packaging)

  • SCOGS-Report Number: 68*
  • Type Of Conclusion: 1
  • ID Code: 8002-26-4
  • Year: 1975
  • 21 CFR Section: 186.1557

SCOGS Opinion:

Because tall oil as a GRAS or prior sanctioned substance is currently restricted to use in dry food packaging materials or in their preparation, it can be assumed that the amount of tall oil consumed in food through migration from or abrasion of these materials is minute. There have been no reports of significant harmful biological effects of tall oil when fed to animals even at levels that are considerably greater than could conceivably be consumed by man as tall oil is now used in packaging materials.

In the light of these considerations, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on tall oil that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspects, 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.