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Camellia oil formally considered food safe in the US?


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#1 quinceleaf

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 07:06 PM

Quick question,

 

I handle the FSQA role for a very large catering company. One of our clients wants to incorporate camellia oil (tea seed oil) into dishes served at their event. The question has been raised as to whether this is considered food safe.

 

I've long ago found that different levels of government (FDA vs state vs local health departments) have different opinions of the safety of different food additives, ingredients, etc, so I don't expect a definitive answer, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with camellia oil in food?

 

I know it has many uses in the cosmetics industries and as a substitute for mineral oil in other countries. In the US the alternative health crowd suggests its use in cooking and frying. A search through the FDA's GRAS database doesn't come up with anything.

 

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:30 AM

Hi quinceleaf,

 

From a quick search around the net i also could not find any suggestions regarding this product being officially approved for food-related use in USA.. i also could not find any examples of Product Specifications for this commodity. However I did observe some claims for approval on advertising materials suggesting its use as a cooking oil.

 

I did find this 2013 technical article on the product whose 1st/last pages may be of some general interest -

 

Attached File  Camellia,tea seed oil, a review.pdf   1.21MB   7 downloads


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 06:31 PM

Great! Thank you, that article was very informative. I think it is ok to use in concept, we'll see when we source the product.

 

Thanks again


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