Modified Food Starch CFR

Modified food starch is starch that has been altered through treatment with heat, acid, or enzymes. The CFR specifies what can be used to modify starch but not what starches may be modified. Therefore, modified food starch may be made from wheat.

  • For FDA-regulated foods, if a modified food starch used in a food product contains protein derived from wheat, the word wheat must be stated on the food label.
  • For USDA-regulated foods, modified food starch could contain protein derived from wheat, and this might not be stated on the food label.
  • Bottom line: If you don't see the word wheat on the label of an FDA-regulated product containing modified food starch, the modified food starch does not contain wheat protein. Modified food starch in a USDA-regulated product could contain protein derived from wheat.
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