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Title 21Chapter ISubchapter BPart 172Subpart I → §172.880


Title 21: Food and Drugs
PART 172—FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
Subpart I—Multipurpose Additives


§172.880   Petrolatum.

Petrolatum may be safely used in food, subject to the provisions of this section.

(a) Petrolatum complies with the specifications set forth in the United States Pharmacopeia XX (1980) for white petrolatum or in the National Formulary XV (1980) for petrolatum.

(b) Petrolatum meets the following ultraviolet absorbance limits when subjected to the analytical procedure described in §172.886(b):

Ultraviolet absorbance per centimeter path length:

MillimicronsMaximum
280-2890.25
290-299.20
300-359.14
360-400.04

(c) Petrolatum is used or intended for use as follows:

UseLimitation (inclusive of all petroleum hydrocarbons that may be used in combination with petrolatum)
In bakery products; as release agent and lubricantWith white mineral oil, not to exceed 0.15 percent of bakery product.
In confectionery; as release agent and as sealing and polishing agentNot to exceed 0.2 percent of confectionery.
In dehydrated fruits and vegetables; as release agentNot to exceed 0.02 percent of dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
In egg white solids; as release agentNot to exceed 0.1 percent of egg white solids.
On raw fruits and vegetables; as protective coatingIn an amount not to exceed good manufacturing practice.
In beet sugar and yeast; as defoaming agentAs prescribed in §173.340 of this chapter.

(d) Petrolatum may contain any antioxidant permitted in food by regulations issued in accordance with section 409 of the Act, in an amount not greater than that required to produce its intended effect.

[42 FR 14491, Mar. 15, 1977, as amended at 49 FR 10105, Mar. 19, 1984]

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