(a) Stearyl citrate is a mixture of the mono-, di-, and tristearyl esters of citric acid. It is prepared by esterifying citric acid with stearyl alcohol.
(b) The ingredient must be of a purity suitable for its intended use.
(c) In accordance with § 184.1(b)(1), the ingredient is used in food with no limitation other than current good manufacturing practice. The affirmation of this ingredient as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) as a direct human food ingredient is based upon the following current good manufacturing practice conditions of use:
(1) The ingredient is used as an antioxidant as defined in § 170.3(o)(3) of this chapter; an emulsifier and emulsifier salt as defined in § 170.3(o)(8) of this chapter; a sequestrant as defined in § 170.3(o)(26) of this chapter; and a surface-active agent as defined in § 170.3(o)(29) of this chapter.
(d) Prior sanctions for this ingredient different from the uses established in this section, or different from those set forth in part 181 of this chapter, do not exist or have been waived.